What is interventional radiology?
Our interventional radiology team provides minimally-invasive treatments, performs procedures to manage pain and complications, performs biopsies, and alleviates a variety of symptoms that can occur during cancer treatment.
Interventional radiology can be used in the management of metastatic disease from cancers such as colon, rectal, breast, gallbladder, pancreas, lung, esophageal, gastric, melanoma, and sarcomas. In these cases, we can perform Y90 radioembolization and chemoembolization for liver metastases. We can also perform ablation for isolated metastases to the liver, lung, adrenal gland, bone, kidney, and other soft tissues.
Our priority is to treat you with the most effective, least invasive treatments available for your cancer type. Common interventional radiology procedures include:
- Tumor ablation procedures: These minimally invasive treatments destroy tissue using extreme temperatures. Ablation may be used to treat tumors or to alleviate blockages and other symptoms. Examples of ablation procedures we perform are radiofrequency ablation, microwave ablation and NanoKnife®.
- Liver-directed therapies: We can deliver targeted treatment directly to liver tumors, sparing nearby healthy tissue and minimizing some side effects. Some therapies we use to treat liver tumors include Yttrium-90 radioembolization (SIR-Spheres® or TheraSphere®) and chemoembolization.
- Bone and joint pain management: A variety of bone and joint injections, nerve blocks and fracture management techniques provide relief from pain.
- Vascular work: Our team uses minimally invasive techniques to place stents, stop bleeding and block the flow of blood to or from tumor tissue to support chemotherapy and radiation treatment response.
- Drainage catheters: Fluid retention is a common side effect of some types of cancer. Catheters are used to drain excess fluid and relieve uncomfortable symptoms.
- Port and PICC Line Placement: Many patients are given temporary ports and PICC lines to minimize the number of needle pricks during chemotherapy treatment or diagnostic blood work.
Most procedures are done on an outpatient basis or during a short hospital stay.