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Oncologic Interventions

Interventional radiology techniques are helping us fight cancer in new and exciting ways.

  • Chemoembolization is utilized to treat hepatic tumors and metastases. Using a microcatheter directed via the arterial branch, chemotherapy is delivered to a high focused area within the tumor.
  • Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) is used to treat hepatic, renal, and lung tumors. Guided by ultrasound or CT, a probe is inserted percutaneously into the tumor. Metal "prongs" are then placed into the mass and superheated causing tumor lysis.
  • Therasphere Ablation is used to treat hepatic tumors and metastases. Initial angiographic studies of the hepatic system map the arteries supplying the tumor and adjacent organs. Emobilization is performed on the vessels closest to the tumor to prevent reflux into the stomach or pancreas. Radioactive Yittrium-90 coated beads are injected into the tumor resulting in tumor lysis.
  • CT imaging is used with these three methodologies to track tumor reduction. If a recurrence is detected it can be treated quickly.
  • Biopsies are performed using ultrasound, CT, or fluoroscopic guidance. In close consultation with oncologists, surgeons and pathologists, Rush Copley's interventional radiologists gather tissues efficiently, effectively and safely.