Recommendation ID
IPG406/1
Question
NICE encourages further research into microwave ablation for the treatment of liver metastases. Research should clearly define patient selection criteria and report tumour recurrence and patient survival. Comparison with other ablative techniques would be useful. NICE may review the procedure on publication of further evidence.
Any explanatory notes
(if applicable)
Current evidence on microwave ablation for the treatment of liver metastases raises no major safety concerns. The evidence on efficacy is inadequate in quantity and quality. Therefore this procedure should only be used with special arrangements for clinical governance, consent and audit or research.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Microwave ablation for the treatment of liver metastases
Number
IPG406
Date issued
August 2011

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No