3 Further information

3.1 The Institute has issued interventional procedures guidance on radiofrequency ablation of hepatocellular carcinoma and laparoscopic liver resection. The Institute is developing guidance on the use of microwave ablation for metastases in the liver [Now published as 'Microwave ablation for the treatment of liver metastases'].

Andrew Dillon
Chief Executive
March 2007

Sources of evidence

The evidence considered by the Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee is described in the following document.

'Interventional procedure overview of microwave ablation of hepatocellular carcinoma', August 2006.

Information for patients

The Institute has produced information describing its guidance on this procedure for patients ('Understanding NICE guidance'). It explains the nature of the procedure and the decision made, and has been written with patient consent in mind.