Interventional Oncology

Interventional Oncology – Treating Cancer With Minimally Invasive Procedures

What is interventional oncology?

Interventional oncology is the practice of providing minimally invasive, targeted treatment of cancer. Using image guidance and the most current techniques, RIA Endovascular physicians — specially trained, board-certified and fellowship trained interventional radiologists called interventional oncologists — treat cancerous tumors without medicating or affecting other parts of the body. We work with patients and physicians locally, nationally and internationally.

There are four modalities used to treat cancer.

Interventional oncology is one of four modalities in a multidisciplinary team approach to the treatment of cancer and cancer-related disorders. The others are medical oncology, surgical oncology and radiation oncology.

Interventional procedures are minimally invasive, so where possible, patients appreciate this approach. A small (percutaneous) cut used to access the affected organ, so recovery time and chance of infection are minimized.

Why Are Minimally Invasive Procedures Preferred for Treating Cancer Patients?

What are the two minimally invasive approaches used by interventional radiologists to treat cancer?

Interventional oncology uses two approaches:

1) Local treatments — Specific tumors are treated directly. Local therapies involve placing a needle or probe directly into the tumor. The tumor can then be reduced or eradicated by targeted modalities such as cryo (freezing), radio frequency, or microwave.  This can be done in the lung, liver, bone, kidney, adrenal gland and other sites. Learn more about:

A. Thermal Ablation - using extreme heat or cold

  • Microwave ablation – heat
  • Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) – heat
  • Cryoablation – freezing

    After an image-guided catheter is placed, the interventional radiologist deploys the microspheres through the catheter into the hepatic artery. After all the microspheres have been deposited, the catheter will be withdrawn and the incision cleaned and closed with a device to allow instant healing.

    After an image-guided catheter is placed, the interventional radiologist deploys the microspheres through the catheter into the hepatic artery. After all the microspheres have been deposited, the catheter will be withdrawn and the incision cleaned and closed with a device to allow instant healing.

B. Electrical Disruption

2) Regional therapies — The region of an organ containing multiple lesions is treated. Regional therapies involve injecting a substance such as radioactive particles and-or chemotherapy particles into a specified area to treat multiple tumors, also referred to as lesions.

Such minimally invasive (non-surgical) therapies include:

Other Interventional Radiology Procedures and Treatmentsdad with kid

Other adjunctive procedures include drainage procedures, such as  long-term catheters used to drain excess fluid from around the abdomen(paracentesis) and from the lungs (thoracentesis), and  infusion port placement and removal are performed.

Consults. Referrals. Scheduling. Appointments.

Call RIA Endovascular at 720.493.3406.

 

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