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What does cryoablation or radiofrequency ablation for hepatocellular carcinoma consist of?

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In cryoablation, your doctor destroys your tumor by freezing it with a thin metal probe. While you're under anesthesia, your doctor puts the probe into the tumor and delivers a cold gas that kills the cancer cells. A similar method, called radiofrequency ablation, uses an electric current to kill the cancer with heat.

From: Hepatocellular Carcinoma WebMD Medical Reference

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American Cancer Society: "What Is Liver Cancer?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Liver Cancer."

Merck Manuals Home Edition: Primary Liver Tumors."

University of California, San Francisco: "Hepatocellular Carcinoma."

Cancer Research UK: "Risks and causes of liver cancer."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on March 3, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "What Is Liver Cancer?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Liver Cancer."

Merck Manuals Home Edition: Primary Liver Tumors."

University of California, San Francisco: "Hepatocellular Carcinoma."

Cancer Research UK: "Risks and causes of liver cancer."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on March 3, 2019

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