Ablative therapies are used to destroy a cancerous tumor. Ablative therapies currently in use with respect to colorectal cancer are:
Each of these techniques are used in patients that have a limited number of metastatic liver tumors. They are considered to be beneficial for patients with liver-only disease that is not operable who have tumors less than or equal to 3-4 cm.
These procedures are performed by a surgeon or interventional radiologist (IR) who specializes in oncology procedures.
For information about each treatment, see the other sections of this document.