There has unfortunately been a steady increase in incidences of various types of cancer worldwide. Fortunately, there are also many treatment options available depending on your class and stage of cancer. One of the latest treatment procedures is interventional radiology.
According to Rainy Lake Medical Center, radiology has been solely used for diagnostic purposes in the past. Interventional radiology, on the other hand, allows various minimally invasive therapeutic procedures for the cancer patient in International Falls.
Here are some procedures you might undergo in interventional radiology for cancer treatment.
This procedure is generally used in the treatment of kidney, liver and lung tumors. In cryoablation, the radiologist will insert a probe through a small cut in your skin to the tumor being treated.
Once the probe is in place, the tip delivers a cold liquid which freezes the tumor. With repeated treatments, the frozen tumor shrinks and scars.
This procedure is generally used for primary and metastatic liver tumors. During chemoembolization, the radiologist will insert a catheter from your groin to the artery feeding the tumor.
Chemotherapy medication is then injected through the catheter into the tumor. This minimizes side-effects of the chemotherapeutic agent to other parts of the body.
Central Venous Access Catheter (CVAC) Placement
Cancer treatment requires routine blood tests and IV injection of various fluids and medications. To negate the need for regular needle pricks, your oncologist might recommend placement of a CVAC.
You can get IV medications, chemotherapy drugs, nutritional supplements and hemodialysis through this catheter. Insertion of a CVAC is image-guided to ensure it is placed correctly.
The above procedures are all aimed at making your cancer treatment more comfortable and efficient. They also minimize scarring from open surgeries to access tumors and side effects from chemotherapeutic agents.
They are ideal for cancer patients who cannot undergo surgery for one reason or another or those whose tumor cannot be treated by surgical excision.