Ablation technologies prolific in cancer treatment

Energy-based technologies and treatments exist for virtually all clinical specialties.  Given the ability of these technologies, particularly ablation technologies, to very precisely destroy tissue, they have been strongly developed for cancer applications and much success has already been achieved in producing treatments that have low risk, short recovery times and good long term outcomes.  Cost is non insignificant for these technologies, but thus far their clinical benefits have generally supported strong reimbursement.

Energy-based cancer treatment regimens consist of external beam radiation therapy, brachytherapy and a number of newer applications of energy therapies that ablate cancerous tissue. Prostate cancer for example, the most prevalent cancer among U.S. men, can now be treated with a range of energy based therapies that effectively supplement chemotherapy and other targeted therapeutics.


Souce: MedMarket Diligence, LLC, Report #A125: "Ablation Technologies Worldwide Market, 2008-2017: Products, Technologies, Markets, Companies and Opportunities."  See link for report description, detailed table of contents and list of exhibits.

The range of energy modalities used for ablation in cancer include the following:

  • brachytherapy
  • cryotherapy
  • microwave ablation
  • radiation therapy
  • radiofrequency (RF) ablation
  • stereotactic surgery
  • laser ablation
  • photodynamic therapy
  • ultrasonic ablation

As well, there are combinations of the above, and several of these (e.g., radiation therapy) have many variations in the way they can be delivered (note, for example, the overlap between brachytherapy, radiation therapy and stereotactic surgery).

Ablation Technologies Report #A125

Ablation and other energy-based technologies with multiple clinical applications

Manufacturers of ablation and other energy-base therapeutics are both witnessing and driving a steady evolution of multiple technologies with potential to produce therapeutic (or, in some cases, simply cosmetic) tissue effects, with different energy types competing head-on for caseload.  These innovators have continued to improve their understanding of the nature of each energy type’s impact on the target tissue(s) and have optimized the delivery to improve outcome, improve ease of use and minimize adverse collateral tissue effects or other complications.

To illustrate the breadth of applications for energy-based technologies, see the excerpt below from the table of contents to the MedMarket Diligence report #A125, "Ablation Technologies Worldwide Market, 2008-2017: Products, Technologies, Markets, Companies and Opportunities." 


1.1  Cancer
1.1.1  Brachytherapy
1.1.2  Cryotherapy
1.1.3  Microwave Ablation
1.1.4  Radiation Therapy
1.1.5  Radiofrequency Ablation
1.1.6  Stereotactic Surgery
1.1.7  Laser Ablation
1.1.8  Photodynamic Therapy
1.1.9  Ultrasonic Ablation
1.2  Cardiovascular Disease
1.2.1  Angina Pectoris
1.2.2  Atrial arrhythmias  Cryoablation  Electrical Cardioversion  Microwave Ablation  RF Ablation  Temperature Controlled  Fluid Cooled
1.2.3  Bradycardia
1.2.4  Critical Ischemia
1.2.5  Vascular Occlusive Disease
1.2.6  Ventricular Arrhythmias  About ICD, CRT and CRT-D
1.2.7  Wolf-Parkinson-White Disease
1.3  Elective Surgery
1.3.1  Cosmetic Surgery  Laser Hair Removal  Port Wine Stains  Psoriasis  Varicose Veins
1.4  Ophthalmic Surgery
1.4.1  Capsulotomy Surgery
1.4.2  Laser In-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK)
1.4.3  Laser Epithelial Keratomileusis (LASEK)
1.5  General Surgery
1.5.1  Fecal Incontinence
1.5.2  Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
1.6  Gynecological Applications
1.6.1  Hysterectomy
1.6.2  Menorrhagia
1.6.3  Fibroids
1.6.4  Bladder Neck Suspension
1.7  Urological Applications
1.7.1  Urinary Tract Stones
1.7.2  Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy  TUMT  TUNA  Photoselective Vaporisation of the prostate (PVP)  HoLAP  CoreTherm  TMX 3000  Prolieve  Prostiva RF Therapy  Water-Induced Thermotherapy
1.8  Tonsillectomy
1.9  Orthopedic Applications
1.9.1  Capsular Shrinkage
1.9.2  Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
1.9.3  Chondroplasty
1.9.4  Debridement
1.9.5  Epicondylitis and Tendinitis
1.9.6  Inflammatory Conditions  Nucleoplasty
See the report’s complete description, table of contents, and list of exhibits here.