Interventional Radiology for Oncology

Interventional radiology is one of the approaches your team may use in your cancer treatment plan. Using image guided technology, interventional radiologists use targeted therapies to help treat and relieve some symptoms of cancer.  Your team of oncologists will help decide if seeking out an interventional procedure is best for your unique cancer treatment plan.

NHRMC performs the following interventional radiology services:

Cryoablation

Also called cryosurgery or cryotherapy, this procedure targets specific cancer cells while leaving surrounding health tissue intact. Cryoablation can be used to treat many cancers including:

  • Kidney Cancer
  • Lung Cancer

Radiofrequency (RF) Ablation 

Radiofrequency ablation is used to target cancer cells with high-frequency electrical energy and heat and is recommended for:

  • Liver Cancer
  • Some bone tumors
  • Lung mass

Microwave Ablation (MWA)

Microwave ablation administers electromagnetic waves to cancer cells and is often used to treat:

  • Liver Cancer (especially early stage)
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Bone Cancer
  • Spine tumors
  • Lung mass

Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT)

Selective Internal Radiation Therapy involves injecting radioactive materials into the arteries supplying the tumor. SIRT is used to treat:

  • Hepatic carcinoma
  • Metastasis to the liver

Transarterial Chemoembolization (TACE)

Using a catheter inserted in an artery in the groin or wrist, the tip is placed into an artery that supplies the tumor. Chemotherapy is injected directly into the tumor and the blood supply to it is blocked. TACE is used specifically to treat:

  • Metastatic tumors to the liver

Uterine Fibroid Embolization

Used specifically to treat fibroids, this procedure is done to block blood flow to fibroids. It is an alternative treatment to myomectomy or hysterectomy.