From implantable port placement to Yttrium-90 liver directed therapy, we provide a comprehensive array of minimally invasive treatment options for various cancers.
About Interventional Oncology
What is Interventional Oncology?
Interventional oncology is a field that has seen tremendous growth over the last couple decades. Through minimally invasive procedures, interventional radiologists are now capable of diagnosing and treating a broad spectrum of cancers throughout the body. This results in improved patient outcomes, shorter recovery times, and improved quality of life.
CT and Ultrasound Guided Biopsies
Using tiny incisions and needles, interventional radiologists can obtain tissue samples from tumors in the body in order to get a diagnosis. Diagnosis is critical in determining treatment options. Also, image guided biopsies obviate the need for open surgery to get a diagnosis which reduces the risks to the patient.
Primary liver cancer is a very common tumor of the body. Also, tumors from other parts of the body commonly spread to the liver. When the liver is the primary site of cancer, the treatment of the liver disease is often the primary factor determining the long-term prognosis for the patient. When surgical resection is not an option, these minimally invasive therapies have a significant impact on inhibiting tumor growth.
Through a small catheter that is placed in the leg, tiny beads coated with chemotherapy or radiation-emitting particles are injected into the arteries of the liver that supply tumor under x-ray guidance. These beads provide very localized treatment to the liver tumors, limiting toxicity to the rest of the body. Over time, these tumors often get smaller in size, helping improve the prognosis.
Most of these procedures are performed as an outpatient with low risk profiles and limited side effects. Most patients return to normal activities within a few days.
You can have this procedure at any of our three interventional radiology locations.