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View in Spanish: Ablación por alcohol

Alcohol ablation (AL-kuh-hol uh-BLAY-shun)
An injection of ethanol (alcohol) through the skin directly into a tumor to kill cancer cells. Ultrasound or a CT scan is used to guide the needle into the tumor. Also called ethanol ablation, PEI, and percutaneous ethanol injection.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.