Ablation therapies often involve probes that are inserted into the tumours under ultrasound or CT guidance and are used to destroy neuroendocrine tumours particularly in relation to the liver but can be used e.g. for the lung.
Treatment is often given under general anaesthetic. It is most effective where there are a small number of tumours usually less than than six and of small size usually less than 5cm
Examples of ablation include:
- Radiofrequency ablation, uses radio waves to heat the tumours
- Cryoablation, uses extreme cold to freeze the tumour
- Laser guided ablation, can also be used to burn away the tumour