Published online Mar 28, 2015. doi: 10.5412/wjsp.v5.i1.106
Peer-review started: October 6, 2014
First decision: October 28, 2014
Revised: December 2, 2014
Accepted: January 18, 2015
Article in press: January 20, 2015
Published online: March 28, 2015
Core tip: This paper seeks to provide updated literature on percutaneous ablation modalities in the treatment of breast cancer. We review the technical aspects and literature, including ongoing clinical trials for the following percutaneous treatment techniques: cryoablation, radiofrequency ablation, microwave ablation, laser ablation, and ultrasound ablation.