Interventional Radiology for Cancer Patients

Interventional Radiology for Cancer Patients

The experienced team of medical professionals at the PinnacleHealth Cancer Institute uses interventional radiology to diagnose and treat various cancers.

Specialists trained in interventional radiology use image-guided technology such as X-rays, computed tomography (CT) scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to place catheters inside the body for nonsurgical treatment. Certain procedures can be used to stop blood supply to a tumor or to damage the cancerous tissue itself.

As an alternative to open surgery, interventional radiology procedures may reduce risk, pain and recovery time for patients. Most procedures are done on an outpatient basis or during a short hospital stay.

Procedures include:

  • Tumor ablation. These minimally invasive treatments destroy tumors using extreme temperatures.
  • Vascular procedures. Minimally invasive techniques are used to place stents, stop bleeding or block the flow of blood to or from tumor tissue.
  • Drainage catheters. Fluid catheters may be used to drain excess fluid to relieve uncomfortable symptoms.
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