Radiofrequency ablation

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) uses heat made by radio waves to kill cancer cells.

Laser treatment

A laser is a very thin, focused beam of light that heats the tissue it is directed at. Lasers can focus very accurately on tiny areas.

High intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU)

High intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) is a treatment that aims to kill cancer cells with high frequency sound waves. HIFU doesn't pass through solid bone or air, so it's not suitable for every cancer.

Photodynamic therapy

Photodynamic therapy is a treatment for non melanoma skin cancer and an experimental treatment for some other types of cancer.


Cryotherapy is a treatment that uses extreme cold to destroy cancer cells. Cryotherapy can be used to treat a number of different types of cancer and precancerous conditions.

Ultraviolet light treatment

Ultraviolet light treatment is used to treat some cancers. Find out how it works.

Last reviewed: 
03 Sep 2015

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