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Interventional Radiology Department

The Interventional Radiology Department at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Philadelphia, performs biopsies, treats tumors and manages other symptoms. These procedures often cause fewer side effects and complications than traditional surgery. We use minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and treat cancer, as well as to alleviate a variety of symptoms that may occur during cancer treatment.

Common interventional radiology procedures

Our priority is to treat you with the least invasive treatments available for your cancer type.

Common procedures include:

Needle-ablation procedures: These minimally invasive treatments use image-guided needles to destroy tumors. Ablation may be used to treat tumors or alleviate symptoms. Examples of ablation procedures we may perform include microwave ablation, cryoablation, irreversible electroporation (IRE) and radiofrequency ablation (RFA).

Liver-directed therapy: These minimally invasive procedures deliver therapeutic particles via a catheter to destroy tumors in the liver. Examples of the particles used include bland embolization, chemo-embolization, drug-eluting bead chemo-embolization and radio-embolization.

Drainage catheters: Catheters are used to relieve obstructions in the biliary tree (the ducts that drain the liver) and in the urinary tract (the kidney and ureters). The catheters may also be used to relieve post-operative fluid collections.

Port and PICC line placement: Many patients are given temporary ports and PICC (peripherally inserted central catheter) lines to reduce the number of needle pricks during chemotherapy treatment or diagnostic blood work.

Most procedures are performed on an outpatient basis or during a short hospital stay.

Supportive care for interventional radiology

The interventional radiology team works closely with your entire care team. Your personal team of doctors, cancer specialists and supportive care services clinicians share information to help empower and support throughout your journey. We work closely with your oncologist to make your experience as seamless as possible from the start.

You may choose to receive supportive care services, like nutrition and naturopathic support, before, during or after an interventional radiology procedure. Many patients use these treatments to manage side effects and enjoy a better quality of life during cancer treatment.

We work hard to deliver seamless care, so your time, energy and well-being are not wasted. At our hospital, we strive to reduce wait times for test results or treatments and help you understand the care you’re receiving.

Radiation oncology department

The Department of Radiation Oncology at CTCA® Philadelphia is staffed by a group of experienced cancer experts who work hand in hand with other departments, including the Department of Radiology & Imaging, to deliver comprehensive cancer treatment.

Our radiation oncologists use a variety of tools and technologies to deliver strong radiation doses to tumors, using techniques designed to reduce damage to healthy tissues and organs. Focusing the radiation directly on the tumor typically lowers the risk of side effects. We also provide relief of certain cancer-related symptoms.

If radiation therapy is part of your treatment plan, you’ll meet with your radiation oncologist to discuss the specific therapies available. Your radiation oncologist will thoroughly review your medical history, imaging and diagnostic tests (e.g., CT scans, PET/CT scans, MRIs).

Factors he or she will also consider include the type of cancer you have; the size of the tumor and its location; whether you’ve undergone previous treatments, and, if so, what the dosage of radiation was; as well as if you have additional medical conditions (e.g., diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease).

Advanced radiation oncology therapies and technologies

We are committed to bringing advanced treatment options to patients sooner, including safer, more targeted radiation therapies. Our advanced radiation program often provides treatment options to patients who have reached their maximum tolerance dosage of traditional radiation.

Because each cancer type requires a different approach, your treatment plan will be based on your unique needs and treatment goals. Radiation therapy may be incorporated in your individualized treatment plan:

  • As a primary treatment
  • In combination with other treatments, like chemotherapy, to fight against the growth of new cancer cells
  • Before surgery to shrink a tumor
  • After surgery to eliminate remaining cancer cells
  • As a treatment for cancer that has spread to other areas of the body
  • As a palliative treatment to relieve pain

Throughout your care, the radiation oncology team will take time to answer your questions to help you feel comfortable with your treatment.

Your well-being is at the center of everything we do. In addition to having access to our radiation technologies, you’ll be treated by a team of clinicians from areas like nutrition therapy and oncology rehabilitation, all working together to help meet your needs throughout treatment. This approach helps us plan for side effects from the start, and quickly address symptoms you may experience.

The radiation oncology team

The radiation oncology team at CTCA® Philadelphia is staffed by radiation oncologists, nurses and board-certified radiation therapists.

Innovations in radiation therapy

Many patients come to CTCA Philadelphia with complex and advanced-stage cancers. Many others have been previously treated with traditional radiation and cannot tolerate more radiation exposure.

Our radiation oncologists use image guidance before and during radiation treatment to deliver strong radiation doses to tumors, working to reduce the impact on healthy tissues and organs. Our highly targeted radiation technologies focus radiation directly on tumors to help reduce the risk of side effects commonly associated with standard radiation treatment.

To receive your actual radiation treatments, you’ll visit the Department of Radiation Oncology on the first floor of the hospital. Your treatment regimen and your personal preferences will determine when you come in for scheduled treatments.

Improved quality of life during radiation therapy

Depending on your individual needs, we may combine radiation with other treatments, like chemotherapy, hormone therapy and immunotherapy, to fight against the growth of new cancer cells.

As you undergo radiation treatment, other members of your care team will work with you to reduce unpleasant side effects and help improve your quality of life.

In addition to your oncologists, your care team will include dietitians, naturopathic clinicians, pain management practitioners, mind-body providers, rehabilitation therapists, and pastoral care staff. Each clinical area has something different to contribute to your quality of life.

For example, as you undergo radiation treatments, your mind-body provider may offer relaxation techniques to help reduce your anxiety. If you find it painful to lie on the radiation table while receiving treatment, your pain management practitioner will try to manage your pain to make you more comfortable.

Radiology & Imaging Department

The Radiology & Imaging Department at CTCA Philadelphia uses sophisticated, minimally invasive diagnostic technology to detect cancer cells. This helps us develop a treatment plan for each patient.

The following are some of the imaging tools available at our hospital:

The radiology team at CTCA Philadelphia

The radiology/imaging team at CTCA Philadelphia is staffed by an experienced and diverse group of radiologists, oncology nurses, diagnostic technologists, board-certified radiation therapists, and a nuclear medicine technologist.

The team works closely with the other CTCA departments, particularly the department of radiation oncology, to coordinate imaging tests and treatment plans.

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Where we are located

CTCA Philadelphia

Interventional Radiology Department
1331 E. Wyoming Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19124
New patients: 855-635-3218 | Existing Patients: (215) 607-CTCA

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