ethanol ablation

Pronunciation: (EH-thuh-nol a-BLAY-shun)

An injection of ethanol (alcohol) through the skin directly into a tumor to kill cancer cells. Ultrasound or a CT scan is used to guide the needle into the tumor. Also called alcohol ablation, PEI, and percutaneous ethanol injection.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

2009-11-13 Date last modified: 2009-11-13