Small kidney tumours of less than 4cm are increasingly being found incidentally, often when patients are being investigated for other reasons. These tumours are particularly amenable to treatment by image-guided cryoablation (CRA), freezing- giving a sound result, equivalent in outcome to traditional surgery.
Both primary and secondary tumours in the liver are not uncommon. Where appropriate these are usually removed surgically. In some cases however the tumours lie in an awkward position or traditional surgery may represent an undue risk for the patient. Smaller tumours, usually of less than 4cm, may be treated by microwave ablation (MWA), using thin probes inserted through the skin under image guidance.
Where appropriate lung tumours are usually surgically resected. On occasion however the tumours are awkwardly located or traditional surgery maybe too great an undertaking for the patient. Some of these tumours are amenable to image-guided microwave ablation (MWA) or cryoablation and the doctors at CAUK will discuss your case with you and what is the most appropriate way forward.
Some cancers spread to the bone and can cause difficult to treat pain which is usually managed with multiple episodes of radiotherapy besides medication. Cryoablation has proved to be very successful at treating the pain related to cancers in the bone. The doctors at CAUK will review your scans and offer straightforward advice as to whether image guided cryoablation will help in your case.
Prostate cancer is common. Globally it is the second most common type of cancer and the fifth leading cause of cancer-related death in men. The 5 year survival in first world countries approaches 99%. Indeed many cases can be safely managed by active surveillance (watching and waiting). Those cases requiring treatment have traditionally been limited to combinations of surgery, radiation therapy, hormone therapy and chemotherapy.
We can treat a range of cancers covering Adrenal, Breast, Soft tissue and Melanoma. We can not treat Brain tumours or any tumours that have spread to cause fluid in the abdomen or chest.
As a rule ablation is not suitable if tumours are numerous or of a size that is too big (>6cm in diameter).