Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)

Feature Summary

Hepatocellular carcinoma is a malignant tumor in liver. It is now the third leading cause of cancer deaths all over the world. It occurs predominantly in people with liver cirrhosis and chronic hepatitis, such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, alcoholism and fatty liver disease.

 

Overview

Radiofrequency ablation is a technique to treat hepatocellular carcinoma. The localized tumor cell could be completely clean by heat during treatment. With minimal invasive procedure, the outcome is as good as open surgery in small tumors.

 

Features

Radiofrequency ablation aims to completely clean the early stage hepatocellular carcinoma under only minimal invasive procedure.

 

Procedure

During radiofrequency ablation, only localized anesthesia is required. The probe is placed into the liver percutaneously and generates heat by medium frequency alternating current. The tumor is thus ablated by the heat. The treatment course is completed in few minute, and the probe is removed. The patient restores usual life after hours of rest.

 

Notification

  • Pleural effusion
  • Abscess formation
  • Ascites
  • Hemorrhage
  • Thermal injury to adjacent organ

 

Estimated Cost

The procedure cost is about 70,000~100,000 NTD, prices are subject to change without prior notice, need to pay in accordance with the actual medical expenses.