In Sri Lanka the risk of developing any of the leading cancers in one’s lifetime, for both males and females, is 1 out of 40. With the early detection of tumours, Microwave Ablation can be used in the treatment of cancer, to remove a tumour or mass anywhere in the body. Durdans Hospital Radiology Unit facilitates minimally invasive Microwave Ablation for patients with cancer or any kind of mass, in a state of the art facility under the guidance of expert specialists.
Ablation mean to burn. Microwave Ablation is the process by which electromagnetic energy is used at microwave frequencies of typically 915 MHz or 2.45 GHz for ablative technologies to heat the tissues of the organ having the tumour. The procedure is very short, fast and highly accurate.
Dr. Prasad De Silva, Consultant Interventional Radiologist at Durdans Hospital says, “Areas up to 5cm in diameter can be burned and take as little as 5 minutes to complete the ablation. A needle will be inserted through the skin into the mass or tumour and when connected to a microwave generator the electrode in the needle creates high frequency microwave energy to heat and destroy the tumour tissue.”
Dr. Silva also says, “The needle is guided with the help of CT and Ultrasound scans so that we can find the exact location. The microwave heat burns only the mass and not the surrounding healthy tissue. The patient will be put under local anaesthesia and will be sedated as they may feel a degree of pain and soreness after the ablation. ”
Microwave Ablation is being used successfully to treat liver, kidney, lung, breast and prostate cancers among others. As this is not a surgical procedure there is no down time or blood loss and the risk of infection or post-op complication is very low. Also it can be performed as an outpatient procedure.
Durdans Hospital, the pioneer in fully embracing innovation has dedicated an entire wing to the Durdans Radiology Unit where a comprehensive range of services are conveniently delivered. Here, a dedicated pool of experienced radiographers and trained support staff work round the clock to support specialists in making accurate diagnoses.
To know more about Microwave Ablation call 011 2 140 000 or the Durdans 1344 helpline.