WVU Medicine interventional radiologists provide minimally-invasive kidney, liver, and lung cancer treatments that target the cancer in ways chemotherapy or conventional surgery can’t. Although these treatments may not cure cancer, they can make a patient more comfortable, possibly extend life, or improve their quality of life. These procedures attack cancer while sparing the healthy tissue in the surrounding area. There are also several techniques used to treat cancer complications, including:
- Obstruction of vital organs
- Blood clots
There are two main methods by which interventional radiologist can treat cancer. First, they use the vascular system to deliver chemotherapy medicine directly to the cancer’s vascular supply. This limits damage and toxicity to the rest of the body while delivering the highest dose of the chemotherapy to the cancer. Second, they cook or freeze the cancer by inserting a small, energy-delivering needle directly into the cancer. This heats or freezes the cancer without significant damage to the nearby normal tissue. Since these methods focus on the cancer, it results in fewer overall side effects, making this especially useful for patients with other significant medical problems.
Cancer Treatments include: