Thermal ablation for lung cancer

Ablation treatment may be offered for localised lung cancer when surgery or radiotherapy are considered unsuitable. This involves inserting needles or probes into the cancer to destroy the cancer cells by heating them. Only one treatment is needed. A CT scan is used to guide the needle into the right position.

Thermal ablation is not painful, but you may have a general anaesthetic to make you more comfortable during the procedure.

This information was last reviewed in November 2016.
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