Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Intratumoral chemotherapy

Intratumoral chemotherapy is a non-small cell lung cancer treatment we use at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Southwestern Regional Medical Center (Southwestern).

In intratumoral chemotherapy, the chemotherapy drug Cisplatin (Platinol®) is injected directly into a lung tumor followed by HDR brachytherapy. The goal is to improve the quality of life for lung cancer patients with airway blockage problems. 

Intratumoral chemotherapy also may be used as a treatment for pancreatic cancer patients after surgery. In the case of pancreatic cancer, doctors use endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) to inject chemotherapy directly into the pancreatic tumor. The goal is to shrink the tumor, reduce pain and prevent recurrence.

The procedure is performed once a week for four weeks with a CT scan completed before the first treatment and after the final one to gauge results.

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