Tumor Ablation Therapies



Radiofrequency ablation uses energy to heat and destroy an area of tissue.

Possible Complications

Problems are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will go over some problems that could happen such as:

  • Excess bleeding
  • Infection
  • Blood clots
  • Damage to other organs or structures

Things that may increase the risk of problems are:

  • Smoking
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Chronic diseases such as diabetes and obesity



This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.

Edits to original content made by Denver Health.

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Radiology Info—The Radiological Society of North America https://www.radiologyinfo.org 


BC Cancer Agency http://www.bccancer.bc.ca 

Canadian Cancer Society http://www.cancer.ca 


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