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Interventional Radiology Treatments

Interventional RadiologyAdvanced, minimally invasive interventional radiology (IR) can evaluate and remove cancer, or lessen its effects, without traditional open surgery. IR procedures require only light sedation and are usually performed on an outpatient basis.

We have leading-edge IR technology for treating cancer. Our interventional radiologists are highly trained physicians who use X-ray, ultrasound, MRI and CT imaging to safely guide their work.

How IR Helps Cancer Patients

Interventional radiology aids diagnosis by taking samples for analysis while avoiding damage to nearby blood vessels or organs. IR treatments attack cancer in targeted locations without affecting healthy areas. IR also may alleviate symptoms caused by cancer.

IR Procedures for Cancer

Chest Ports

A catheter placed under the skin of the chest that allows for infusion and blood draw without having to constantly place intravenous lines in the arms. These catheters can stay in for as long as treatment is needed and require very little maintenance.

Image-Guided Biopsies

Using ultrasound, x-ray and computed tomography, we can retrieve specimen from virtually anywhere in the body to aid in diagnosis and management. This decreases the need for a traditional open surgical biopsy and most patients go home within a few hours of their procedure.

Radioembolization and Chemoembolization

With careful technique, we can use a tumor's own blood supply to deliver a focused dose of chemotherapy or radiation directly to the tumor. This can help decrease side effects to the rest of the body.

Ablation

A small probe can be inserted into many tumors.  This probe can create extreme temperatures within the tumor causing cell death while preserving normal tissue around the tumor.  This is also helpful for painful bone tumors.  Most patients go home the next day with a band-aid.  Other names for this procedure include radiofrequency ablation, microwave ablation and cryoablation.

Kyphoplasty or Vertebroplasty

Spinal fractures and tumors can be among the most painful and lifestyle limiting experiences for a patient.  A series of needles, x-ray guidance, cement and/or radiofrequency current are used to decrease pain and stabilize fracture elements.

Drainage

Blockages can occur in many body systems including urinary and biliary systems.  While oncologists and surgeons treat the tumor causing the blockage, we can help alleviate the symptoms of blockage by placing tubes to drain urine or bile into a bag.

If you would like to discuss ways IR can help in your cancer care, speak to your oncologist or call us directly at 215-481-6226.


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