Percutaneous Kidney Ablation
Not all kidney tumours can be removed by surgery. You may be someone with a high surgical risk, underlying illness, one kidney or borderline kidney function. In these cases, there is an option of a minimally invasive procedure, which can kill the cancer cells.
When Is This Procedure Conducted?
A non-surgical, minimally invasive procedure called Kidney Ablation is performed when a kidney tumour is inoperable. It is called Radiofrequency or Microwave Ablation, a localised treatment that kills the tumour cells with heat, while sparing the healthy kidney tissue.
How Does This Procedure Work?
The interventional radiologist will guide a small needle through the skin into the tumour. Energy (Radio or Microwave) is transmitted to the tip of the needle, where it produces heat in the tissues. The dead tumour tissue shrinks and slowly forms a scar.
How Will I Feel After The Procedure?
Unlike systemic therapy (chemotherapy, medications), this treatment is much easier on you.
The localised treatment can be given without affecting your overall health and you are able to resume your usual activities within a few days.
How Successful Is Kidney Ablation?
If the tumor is small, ablation can shrink and likely kill the tumour.
Because it is a local treatment that does not harm healthy tissue, the treatment can be repeated as often as needed. It is a very safe procedure, with low complication rates.
Summary of Benefits Of Kidney Ablation
- Is most effective when the kidney cancer is small in size (4cm or less)
- May be performed under conscious sedation or general anesthesia
- Is well tolerated-most patients can resume their normal routines the next day and may feel tired only for a few days
- Can be repeated if necessary
- May be combined with other treatment options
Learn more about the treatment at http://www.sirweb.org/patients/kidney-cancer/