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What's the difference between ablation and cryotherapy for stage IV colon cancer treatment?

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These treatments often can be used if your cancer has spread to the liver. Ablation uses heat to kill cancer cells. Cryotherapy uses cold.

A computerized tomograohy (CT) or ultrasound scan will help your surgeon guide a thin probe to the tumor. The probe delivers high-energy radio waves to heat the tumor or very cold gas to freeze it.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Ablation and embolization for colorectal cancer," "Surgery for colorectal cancer," "Targeted therapy drugs for colorectal cancer," "Treatment of Colon Cancer, By Stage," "Immunotherapy for Colorectal Cancer."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Colorectal Cancer: Treatment Options."

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Inc.: "Bevacizumab Injection," "Cetuximab Injection," "Ramucirumab Injection."

Cancer Research UK: "Types of surgery for bowel cancer."

Colon Cancer Alliance: "Cryotherapy," "Radiofrequency ablation (RFA)."

University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine: "Colorectal Cancer FAQs."

National Cancer Institute: "Colon Cancer Treatment -- for health professionals (PDQ)."

University of Southern California: "Hepatic Artery Infusion Chemotherapy (HAI)."

University of Maryland: "Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT): SIR-Spheres."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on September 17, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Ablation and embolization for colorectal cancer," "Surgery for colorectal cancer," "Targeted therapy drugs for colorectal cancer," "Treatment of Colon Cancer, By Stage," "Immunotherapy for Colorectal Cancer."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Colorectal Cancer: Treatment Options."

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Inc.: "Bevacizumab Injection," "Cetuximab Injection," "Ramucirumab Injection."

Cancer Research UK: "Types of surgery for bowel cancer."

Colon Cancer Alliance: "Cryotherapy," "Radiofrequency ablation (RFA)."

University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine: "Colorectal Cancer FAQs."

National Cancer Institute: "Colon Cancer Treatment -- for health professionals (PDQ)."

University of Southern California: "Hepatic Artery Infusion Chemotherapy (HAI)."

University of Maryland: "Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT): SIR-Spheres."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on September 17, 2019

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