Microwave Ablation Therapy
Cancer Treatment at Alaska Medical Specialties
Alaska Medical Specialties benefits its patients by staying at the forefront
of cancer treatment. Microwave ablation is one treatment option for cancer
patients. An antenna sends hot microwaves through cancerous tumors, which
in turn kills cancerous cells. Unlike chemotherapy and some radiation
therapies, microwave ablation therapy targets only cancerous cells.
Microwave ablation is not a cure to cancer; however, its localized technology
has significantly improved many cancer patients’ quality of life.
Some people use microwave ablation on its own while others use this treatment
in conjunction with other methods.
Microwave Ablation: An Outpatient Procedure
People who undergo microwave ablation do not have to be admitted to the
hospital, making it one of the more convenient treatment options. Some
people do not even need a general or local anesthetic, but this is decided
on a case-by-case basis.
After Procedure Monitoring
Rather than leaving immediately after the procedure, patients that undergo
microwave ablation are monitored by our medical staff to ensure that the
procedure was performed without incident. As with any procedure, there
are certain risks involved. Talk to a physician at Alaska Medical Specialties
to find out if microwave ablation might be a viable cancer treatment option for you.