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What is ablation for bone metastasis?

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During ablation, your doctor puts a needle or probe into your tumor to destroy it. It's used more often for other types of metastasis, but ablation can help if you have a problem with one or two bone tumors. Some methods of ablation use chemicals or alcohol to kill the tumor. Two common types include:

Afterward, the doctor may fill the space created by ablation with bone cement to help stabilize the bone.

  • Radiofrequency ablation: The doctor uses a needle to send an electric current to heat the tumor.
  • Cryoablation: The doctor uses a probe to freeze the tumor.

From: Treating Bone Metastasis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Bone Metastasis Overview;" "Immunotherapy;" and "Possible side effects of radiation therapy."

Dubey, A. 2010. The Internet Journal of Pain, Symptom Control and Palliative Care,

Society of Interventional Radiology: "Nonsurgical Treatments for Metastatic Cancer in Bones."

Catanel, A. 2007. Annals of Oncology,

Napoli, A. 2013. RadioGraphics,

BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina: "Corporate Medical Policy: MRI-Guided Focused Ultrasound."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 30, 2017

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Bone Metastasis Overview;" "Immunotherapy;" and "Possible side effects of radiation therapy."

Dubey, A. 2010. The Internet Journal of Pain, Symptom Control and Palliative Care,

Society of Interventional Radiology: "Nonsurgical Treatments for Metastatic Cancer in Bones."

Catanel, A. 2007. Annals of Oncology,

Napoli, A. 2013. RadioGraphics,

BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina: "Corporate Medical Policy: MRI-Guided Focused Ultrasound."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 30, 2017

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