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Tumour Ablation

Minimally Invasive Cancer Treatment Alternative

What is Tumour Ablation? 

This is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat solid cancers. It is the direct application of thermal energy or chemicals to a tumour for the purpose of eradication or substantial destruction. Radiological imaging is used to guide and position a special needle into the tumour. This is a percutaneous procedure, meaning it requires only a tiny hole, usually less than 3mm in which the needle is inserted.

Most Effective on the Following Types of Cancer:

  • Liver
  • Kidney
  • Lung
  • Bone
    • As well as cancers that have metastasized in these areas.  

Surgery or Ablation?

Patients that are not suitable for surgery can have tumour ablation as a safer alternative that can be either palliative or curative for their symptoms. Also, small tumours, can be effectively treated with tumour ablation preventing a much more invasive surgery. Ablation can dramatically shrink the size of a tumour, and for those that are 3cm or less in diameter has been an effective means of complete treatment, meaning that no residual cancer is present.

Common Techniques

There are a variety of tumour ablation methods, be they through thermal or chemical sources. The most common are:

  • Radiofrequency Ablation: high-frequency electrical currents are passed through an electrode in the needle, creating a small region of heat to kill the tumour
  • Microwave Ablation: microwaves are created from the needle to create a small region of heat killing the tumour
  • Cryoablation: liquid nitrogen or argon gas is used to create intense cold to freeze and kill the tumour
  • Chemical Ablation: chemicals such as ethanol or acetic acid are directly injected into the tumour

Access

A 2014 study looking at hospitals in Ontario identified that under 45% of hospitals offered Tumour Ablation, meanwhile 75% of hospitals would be willing to provide those services if the appropriate funding was provided.  The hospitals that did offer ablation procedures were focused in the Toronto area and in Southwest Ontario.

Benefits

  • Cancer treatment for patients who aren’t cleared for surgery
  • High level of success
  • Short recovery time
  • Proven results

Poster

 

List of facilities


Please note that the information contained on this page is intended solely for informational purposes and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The list provided here includes only members of the Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology (CAIR) who have indicated that they perform the specified procedure. It is important to understand that this is not a comprehensive list of all physicians or facilities capable of performing this procedure.

The names, physicians, and facilities listed are members of CAIR and have provided their information voluntarily. While we strive to keep this information up to date and accurate, CAIR does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or timeliness of the information provided. The inclusion of any name in this list does not imply endorsement by CAIR or a recommendation of their services.

Patients are encouraged to conduct their own research and consult with a qualified healthcare provider to make informed decisions about their health care. CAIR assumes no liability for any actions taken based on the information provided on this page, nor for any errors or omissions in the content. Use of this information is at your own risk.

For further inquiries or to verify the credentials and qualifications of a healthcare provider, please contact the appropriate licensing board or authority in your region.


ALBERTA

Calgary

Foothills Hospital
1403 29th St NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N2T9
Canada

Dr. Stefan Przybojewski
Dr. Jason Wong
Phone: 403-944-4634
Fax: 403-944-1687
Email: stefan.przybojewski@albertahealthservices.ca
Email: wongjk@ucalgary.ca

Type of Ablative Procedures:

  • Liver
  • Lung
  • Bone
  • Soft tissue

Edmonton

University Hospital – Diagnostic Imaging
8440-112 St NW
Edmonton, Alberta T6G2B7
Canada

Dr. Philippe Sarlieve
Phone: 780-407-7881
Email: philippe.sarlieve@albertahealthservices.ca

Type of Ablative Procedures:

  • Liver
  • Kidney

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Kelowna

Kelowna General Hospital
2268 Pandosy
Kelowna, British Columbia V1Y1T2

Dr. Nevin de Korompay
Phone: 250-862-4454
Fax: 250-862-4357

Type of Ablative Procedures:

  • Liver
  • Lung
  • Kidney
  • Bone
  • Soft tissue

New Westminster

Royal Columbian Hospital
330 E Columbia St.
New Westminster, British Columbia V3L3W7
Canada

Dr. Zameer Hirji
Phone: 604-520-4640

Type of Ablative Procedures:

  • Liver
  • Lung
  • Kidney
  • Bone
  • Soft tissue

Vancouver

Vancouver General Hospital
899 W 15th Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia V5Z 1M9
Canada

Dr. Anastasia Hadjivassiliou
Phone: 604-875-4111 ext 68612
Email: anastasia.hadjivassiliou@vch.ca

Type of Ablative Procedures:

  • Liver
  • Kidney

Victoria

Vancouver Island Health Authority
1 Hospital Way
Victoria, British Columbia V8Z6R5
Canada

Dr. Vamshi Kotha
Phone: 250-370-8000 ext. 14208
Email: vamshikotha@gmail.com

Type of Ablative Procedures:

  • Liver
  • Lung
  • Kidney
  • Bone
  • Soft tissue

Victoria General Hospital

1 Hospital Way
Victoria, British Columbia V8Z6R5
Canada

Dr. Paul Sobkin
Phone: 250- 727-4208
Email: paul.sobkin@islandhealth.ca

Type of Ablative Procedures:

  • Liver
  • Lung
  • Kidney
  • Bone
  • Soft tissue

MANITOBA

Winnipeg

St Boniface General Hospital
409 Tache Ave
Winnipeg, Manitoba R2H2A6

Dr. Suri Dhaliwal

Type of Ablative Procedures:

  • Kidney

NOVA SCOTIA

Halifax

QEII Health Sciences Centre
VGH, Victoria Building – 3rd floor North Wing, Dept of Radiology, 1276 South Park Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4B2
Canada

Dr. Mike Rivers-Bowerman

Phone: 902-473-5477
Fax: 902-425-6199
Email: michael.rivers-bowerman@nshealth.ca
Website: https://medicine.dal.ca/departments/department-sites/radiology/contact/faculty/mike-rivers-bowerman.html 

Type of ablative procedures:

  • Liver
  • Kidney

ONTARIO

Barrie

Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre
201 Georgian Drive
Barrie, Ontario L4M6M2
Canada

Dr. Arshdeep Sidhu
Phone: 905-728-9802
Email: asidhu@wedi.ca
Website: https://georgianvit.com

Type of ablative procedures:

  • Liver
  • Lung
  • Kidney
  • Bone
  • Soft tissue

Hamilton

Juravinski Cancer Centre
699 Concession Street
Hamilton, Ontario L8V 5C2

Dr. Sriharsha Atheya
Phone: 905-521-2100

Type of ablative procedures:

  • Liver
  • Lung
  • Kidney
  • Bone
  • Soft tissue

St Joseph Healthcare Hamilton
50 Charlton Ave E
Hamilton, Ontario L8N 4A6
Canada

Dr. Oleg Mironov
Phone: 905-522-1155 ext. 35387
Fax: 905-540-6576

Type of ablative procedures:

  • Liver
  • Lung
  • Kidney
  • Bone
  • Soft tissue

Kingston

Kingston Health Sciences Centre
76 Stuart St
Kingston, Ontario K7L2V7

Dr. Ben Mussari
Phone: 613-548-2301
Email: ben.mussari@kingstonhsc.ca

Type of ablative procedures:

  • Liver
  • Lung
  • Kidney

Dr. Alexandre Menard

Phone: 613-549-6666, ext 4902
Email: Alexandre.Menard@kingstonhsc.ca

Type of ablative procedures:

  • Liver
  • Lung
  • Kidney

London

London Health Sciences Centre

C2-200 Victoria Hospital-LHSC 800 Commissioners Road East
London, Ontario N6A 5W9

Dr. Amol Mujoomdar
Phone: 519-685-8500 ext 54965
Fax: 519-667-6872

Type of ablative procedures:

  • Liver
  • Lung
  • Kidney
  • Bone
  • Soft tissue

Western University
LHSC-VH, 800 Commissioners Rd E
London, Ontario N6A5W9

Dr. Derek Cool
Phone: 519-685-8500 ext 54965
Fax: 519-667-6872

Type of ablative procedures:

  • Liver
  • Kidney

Oshawa

Lakeridge Health

1 Hospital Ct.
Oshawa, Ontario L1G 2B9

Dr. Sean Galante
Phone: 905- 576-8711 ext 33527
Email: vir@lh.ca

Type of ablative procedures:

  • Liver
  • Kidney
  • Bone
  • Soft tissue

Scarborough

Scarborough Health Network
3050 Lawrence avenue east
Scarborough, Ontario M1P 2V5
Canada

Dr. Zain Badar

Phone: 416-431-8167
Email: Zbadar@shn.ca

Type of ablative procedures:

  • Liver
  • Lung
  • Kidney
  • Bone
  • Soft tissue

St. Catherine

Niagara Health
1200 Fourth Ave
St. Catharines, Ontario L2S0A9
Canada

Dr. Mahmood Albahhar

Type of ablative procedures:

  • Liver
  • Lung
  • Kidney
  • Bone
  • Soft tissue

Toronto

Humber River Hospital
1235 Wilson Ave
Toronto, Ontario M3M0B2

Dr. Edwin Zhang
Phone: 416-242-1000 ext 63311
Fax: 416-242-1078
Email: Edzhang@hrh.ca

Type of ablative procedures:

  • Liver
  • Kidney
  • Bone

Toronto General Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital
585 University Avenue, 1-PMB-294
Toronto, Ontario M5G 2N2

Dr. John Kachura
Phone: 416-340-4800 ext. 6779
Fax: 416-593-0502
Email: john.kachura@uhn.ca

Type of ablative procedures:

  • Liver
  • Lung
  • Kidney
  • Bone
  • Soft tissue

Trillium Health Partners
2200 Eglinton Ave W
Mississauga, Ontario L5M 2N1
Canada

Dr. Tara Graham

Phone: 905-813-1100 ext 6255
Fax: 905-813-3956
Email: tara.graham@thp.ca

Type of ablative procedures:

  • Liver
  • Lung
  • Kidney

Vaughan

Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital
3200 Major MacKenzie Dr W
Vaughan, Ontario L6A 4Z3
Canada

Dr. Peter De Maio

Phone:905-417-2000 ext 2004
Fax: 905-883-0772

Type of ablative procedures:

  • Kidney

Windsor

Windsor Regional Hospital
1030 Ouellette Ave
Windsor, Ontario N9A 1E1
Canada

Dr. Jamil Addas

Phone: 519-254-5577
Fax: 519-258-9688
Email: Jamil.addas@wrh.on.ca

Type of ablative procedures:

  • Liver
  • Lung
  • Kidney
  • Bone
  • Soft tissue

Dr. Matthew Rochon
Phone: 519-254-5577 ext 31330
Email: matthewrochon@gmail.com

Type of ablative procedures:

  • Liver
  • Lung
  • Kidney

QUEBEC

Montreal

CHUM
1090 rue de Bleury
Montreal, Quebec H2Z0B7
Canada

Dr. Ricardo Holderbaum do Amaral
Phone: 514-659-3543
Email: rh.doamaral@gmail.com

Type of ablative procedures:

  • Liver
  • Kidney
  • Bone
  • Soft tissue

CHUM
1000 St-Denis
Montreal, Quebec H2X 0C1
Canada

Dr. Jean-Sebastien Billiard
Phone: 514-890-8000
Email: js.billiard@umontreal.ca

Type of ablative procedures:

  • Liver
  • Lung
  • Kidney
  • Bone
  • Soft tissue

Hôpital Sacré Coeur de Montréal
5400 Boul Gouin O
Montreal, Quebec H4J 1C5
Canada

Dr. Ahmed Bentridi
Phone: 514-338-2222 ext 2844
Email: ahmedbentridi@yahoo.fr

Type of ablative procedures:

  • Liver
  • Lung
  • Kidney
  • Soft tissue

McGill University Health Centre
1001 Bd Decarie
Montreal, Quebec H4A 3J1
Canada

Dr. Louis-Martin Boucher
Phone: 514-934-1934 ext. 44454
Fax: 514-843-2893
Email: louis-martin.boucher@mcgill.ca

Type of ablative procedures:

  • Liver
  • Lung
  • Kidney
  • Bone
  • Soft tissue

Sherbrooke

Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Sherbrooke
3001, 12e av Nord
Sherbrooke, Quebec J1H5H3
Canada

Dr Maxime Noël-Lamy
Phone: 819-346-1110, ext 14964
Fax: 819-829-3296
Email: Maxime.noel-lamy@usherbrooke.ca

Type of ablative procedures:

  • Liver
  • Lung
  • Kidney
  • Bone
  • Soft tissue

Quebec

CHU de Québec – Hôpital Enfant Jésus
1401 18e Rue
Québec, Quebec G1J 1Z4
Canada

Dr. Jean-Nicolas Racicot
Phone: 418-525-4444, ext 63680
Email: jean-nicolas.racicot.med@ssss.gouv.qc.ca

Type of ablative procedures:

  • Liver
  • Kidney
  • Bone
  • Soft tissue

Trois-Rivieres

CIUSSS MCQ – CHAUR
1991 Boul de Carmel
Trois-Rivieres, Québec G8Z 3R9
Canada

Dr. Mathieu Malenfant
Phone: 819-697-3333

Type of ablative procedures:

  • Lung
  • Kidney

SASKATCHEWAN

Royal University Hospital
103 Hospital Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S4N0W8
Canada

Dr. Robert Otani
Phone: 306-655-2371
Fax: 306-655-6304
Email: robert.otani@saskhealthauthority.ca

Type of ablative procedures:

  • Liver
  • Bone