A New Treatment that Destroys Tumors WITHOUT Surgery is now available at Carson Tahoe Health | Carson Tahoe Health

A New Treatment that Destroys Tumors WITHOUT Surgery is now available at Carson Tahoe Health


At Carson Tahoe, we are committed to serving our community with the latest technological advancements in a tranquil healing environment. And, we’re thrilled to announce that the latest generation of state-of-the-art cancer treatment is now available to Northern Nevada patients at Carson Tahoe Health. Our hospital now offers the new Microwave Ablation (MWA) technology by NeuWave Medical®. Using the skinniest incision probes and the highest-powered microwave system on the market, this industry-leading technique destroys tumors in sensitive tissues including the liver, kidneys, and lungs.

As a minimally invasive outpatient procedure, the revolutionary MWA system treats even the smallest lesions or nodules in the most challenging locations. Additionally, it can be performed with conscious sedation or general anesthesia in less than 40 minutes; and the average patient makes a full recovery in just two to three days.

Interventional Radiologists at Carson Tahoe Health, and the first physicians in Northern Nevada to use MWA, have said that this treatment “provides us the ability to perform a customized ablation based on the patient’s unique needs, whether utilizing a multi-probe approach for large tumors, or a ‘precision’ probe for small, focal ablations.”

Prior to MWA, patients would typically be required to undergo a radiofrequency ablation procedure. While the radiofrequency procedure would take up to four hours, the MWA can be performed in less than 40 minutes. Following a MWA procedure, patients can make a full recovery in just three or four days, rather than three or four weeks after a radiofrequency ablation.

We feel very fortunate to announce a cutting-edge new cancer treatment- the same technology utilized at our nation’s top academic and research institutions – right here in Northern Nevada.

Fun fact! Dr. Sandra Althaus, Interventional Radiologist at Carson Tahoe Health, was not only the first physician to perform the NeuWave MWA procedure in our region, but she’s also an extreme skier and enjoys heli-skiing as well!