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Microwaves to treat liver cancer

Microwave generator
The microwave generator has a probe which can be placed through the skin

A technique using microwaves is being developed by the University of Bath to treat people with liver cancer.

Scientists at the university have produced a microwave generator and probe which has been used to treat more than 100 patients in the UK.

They say that it works by destroying the tumour with heat, without damaging other areas of the body.

The university has also secured NHS funding to adapt and develop the technique for bone cancer.

Dr Peter Clegg, from the University of Bath, said: "The microwave is a treatment where we make a needle, which can be placed into a tumour.

"You radiate the microwave through the tumour and cure it basically by heating."

The university said that more than a third of the patients treated using the microwave technology were still alive after three years - and that some had been pronounced cured and discharged.

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