Cryoablation—also called cryosurgery, cryotherapy, or targeted cryoablation therapy—uses extreme cold to destroy diseased tissue, including cancer cells.

Since the 1960s, cryotherapy has been used to destroy skin tumors, precancerous skin moles, nodules, skin tags or unsightly freckles. It also has been used to destroy retinoblastomas, a childhood cancer of the retina. With the improvement of imaging techniques and the development of devices to better control extreme temperatures, Interventional Radiologists have treated the various cancers with great success:

  • Renal cancers
  • Liver cancers
  • Desmoid tumors
  • Bone cancers
  • Prostate cancers
  • and more

Cryoablation rarely requires hospital observation or overnight hospital stay.

Click HERE for a brief video about cryoablation.

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Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) offers a nonsurgical, localized treatment that kills the targeted cancerous tissue with heat, sparing healthy tissue. Because of the localized nature of this treatment, RFA does not have any systemic side effects. RFA can be performed without affecting the patient’s overall health allowing most people can resume their usual activities in a few days.

Interventional Radiologists uses CT or Ultrasound to guide a small needle through the skin directly into the tumor. From the tip of the needle, radiofrequency energy is transmitted into the target tissue, producing heat and killing the tumor.

RFA is commonly used to target tumors in the liver, lungs, kidneys, and bones.

One of the most exciting treatments for patients suffering from liver cancer or metastatic tumor spread to the liver is Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT).

Using X-Ray guidance, Interventional Radiologists administer radioactive, Y90-bound microspheres into the arteries, which supply the tumor(s).  The radioactive element Y-90 then bombards the tumors from the inside, delivering a lethal radiation dose to the cancerous cells.

CiC physicians are nationally renowned for their work with this technique, and have performed hundreds of treatments with remarkable success.

Chemoembolization–also known as cTACE and debTACE–is a way of delivering cancer treatment directly to a tumor or tumors, most commonly within the liver.

Under x-ray guidance, an Interventional Radiologist inserts small catheter is into an artery in the groin. The catheter is moved directly into the artery that supplies blood flow to the tumor. Chemotherapy-loaded microspheres are injected through the catheter.

Click HERE to see short video about microspheres.

Chemoembolization works to attack the cancer in two ways:

  1. It delivers a very high concentration of chemotherapy directly into the tumor while minimizing the exposure of the entire body to the effects of those drugs.
  2. The procedure cuts off blood supply to the tumor, depriving it of oxygen and nutrients, and trapping the drugs at the tumor site to enable them to be more effective.
Patients with certain diseases or medical conditions often need intravenous therapy for multiple sessions and over long periods of time.

The veins in arms can become inaccessible with repeated sticks and IVs, so implanted ports become invaluable in maintaining frequent access into the bloodstream for medications, chemotherapy, nutritional support, and blood draws.

Interventional Radiology physicians place your implanted port with a combination of ultrasound and X-ray guidance. This essentially removes the risks associated with traditional placement.

Additionally, the minimally-invasive nature of guided port placement requires only moderate sedation for comfort, avoiding the risks associated with general anesthesia.

Our experienced staff will then educate you and your loved ones on your new port’s care and maintenance, so that you can concentrate on getting better.

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