Interventional Radiology

The interventional radiology team plays a key role in partnering with Lovelace Cancer Center to offer our patients comprehensive cancer care. Guided by a variety of imaging tools, the interventional radiologists are able to provide targeted, minimally invasive treatment, directly to the tumor. This can be accomplished by inserting a needle directly into the tumor and administering either heat or cold energy to burn or freeze tumors. We can also inject high doses of chemotherapy or radiation directly into the tumor which can offer an alternative for pain relief, and ultimately shortens the recovery time and lowers the chance of complications. These procedures are most often done on an outpatient basis and usually do not require a hospital stay.

Cancers we are able to treat:

Blood cancers
Some bone cancers begin forming in the blood-creating cells known as bone marrow. The most common bone marrow cancers are multiple myeloma and leukemia.

Bone cancer
Sarcomas are tumors found in the bone itself and start in bone, muscle, fibrous tissue, blood vessels fat tissues and tissue.

Bone metastases
Often bone cancer is diagnosed because the cancer has originated in another part of the body and spread to the bones. This can occur with many different types of advanced cancer such as breast cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer.

Noncancerous bone tumors
Some tumors that start in the bone are benign and do not spread to other tissues and organs. These tumors are usually not considered life threatening and can often be removed with surgery or tumor ablation.

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The kidney's main job is to filter the blood coming in from the renal arteries to remove excess water, salt and waste products. The kidneys also help control blood pressure and ensure the body has enough red blood cells.Kidney cancer, or renal cancer, is a disease that first begins by forming a tumor in the lining of tiny tubes within the kidney.

Treatment Option:

Kidney cancer ablation is performed through a tiny incision in the patient's back, allowing direct access to the tumor. The physician then uses a specially designed needle to provide extreme cold or extreme heat to the tumor site. 

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Benign liver tumors typically do not grow into nearby tissue or spread to distant parts of the body, but they can grow large enough to cause problems. These tumors usually start in the blood vessels and can typically be removed with surgery or tumor ablation.Primary liver cancer starts in the liver and either begins as a single tumor that grows larger or as multiple small nodules throughout the liver. Most of the time when cancer is found in the liver it started somewhere else in the body such as the pancreas, colon, stomach, breast or lung, and has spread to the liver.>

Treatment Options:

Chemoembolization delivers chemotherapy directly into a tumor via a small catheter through the artery leading to the liver. Bead-like particles loaded with chemotherapy are then released through the catheter directly to the tumor site where they will release the drug slowly over a period of time. By targeting the tumor directly, the patient experiences fewer side effects than that of traditional chemotherapy treatment. 

Radioembolization (Y-90), much like chemoembolization, directly targets treatment to the tumor site by using beads loaded with high-dose radiation. This approach also reduces damage to healthy tissues by targeting the radiation exposure exclusively to the tumor. 

Ablation uses energy in the form of extreme heat (microwave alation) or RFA (high radiofrequency energy) to destroy the cancerous cells in the liver. With a specially designed needle the physician can pass the energy onto the precise location of the cancer and avoid damage to the normal liver tissue. 

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Smoking is the strongest risk factor for lung cancer in the United States, the risk of developing lung cancer increases with the length of time and number of cigarettes smoked. Lung cancer in non-smokers can be caused by exposure to radon, secondhand smoke, air pollution or other factions. Workplace exposures to asbestos, diesel exhaust or other chemicals can also cause lung cancer.Non-small cell lung cancer is the most common type of lung cancer.

Treatment Option:

An ablation is performed through a tiny incision in the chest, allowing the physician to access the tumor directly. A needle is then used to deliver extreme cold or extreme heat to the tumor site. This focused treatment avoids damage to the normal lung tissue. 

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Cancer cells can spread locally by moving into nearby normal tissue or regionally, to nearby lymph nodes, tissues or organs. It can also spread to distant parts of the body, when this happens, it's called metastic cancer. The most common sites where cancer spreads are the bone, lung and liver.

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Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT/Y90)

Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT), also known as Radioembolization or Y90, is a liver-directed therapy for inoperable liver tumors. SIRT can be combined with modern chemotherapy or administered as monotherapy. SIRT with SIR-Spheres Y90 resin microspheres offers patients an opportunity to access radiotherapy for inoperable primary and secondary liver tumors whilst sparing normal liver parenchyma.

Treatment goals for Y90 include increasing the time to progression, extending overall survival rates, potentially downsizing or downstaging tumors for liver resection, ablation or transplantation and providing palliation of symptoms.

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the BiPlane in cancer treatment


Unlike major surgical procedures, interventional radiology treatments are done through one or more small incisions with minimal pain and a shorter recovery time. The interventional radiology team can use the BiPlane for image guidance during cancer treatment. A long needle is inserted directly into the tumor site and delivers either heat or cold energy to burn or freeze a tumor. Another treatment option uses a pinhole incision in the groin or wrist, and uses a catheter to deliver high doses of chemotherapy or radiation directly to the tumor site. The interventional radiology team works closely with the oncologists at Lovealce Cancer Center to treat patients with various tumors, such as tumors of the liver, kidney, bone, soft tissue an lungs or tumors that have traveled to the liver from somewhere else in the body.