Microwave Ablation for the Treatment of Liver Cancer

April 3, 2014
Boris Kuvshinoff II, MD, MBA

Boris Kuvshinoff II, MD, MBA, associate professor, Division of Gastrointestinal/Endocrine Surgery, Department of Surgical Oncology, director, Liver and Pancreas Tumor Center, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, discusses microwave ablation therapy for the treatment of liver cancer.

Boris Kuvshinoff II, MD, MBA, associate professor, Division of Gastrointestinal/Endocrine Surgery, Department of Surgical Oncology, director, Liver and Pancreas Tumor Center, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, discusses microwave ablation therapy for the treatment of liver cancer.

Clinical Pearls:

  • Using this approach, microwaves can be applied directly to a tumor through a needle either through the skin or laparoscopically
  • This technique allows for very quick and decisive thermal burns to the tumors, killing the tumor in place
  • This approach is helpful for a frail patient, who cannot undergo a major liver resection and can also be used to kill multiple smaller tumors in the liver
  • Microwave ablation also has a quick recovery