Interventional Cancer Treatments

Interventional Radiologists are Vascular Disease Experts. Interventional Radiology is a recognized medical specialty by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Interventional Radiologists are board-certified physicians with extensive training in vascular disease diagnosis, management and treatment. Their board certification includes both Vascular and Interventional Radiology and Diagnostic Radiology which are administered by the American Board of Radiology. This training marries state-of-the-art imaging and diagnostic expertise, coupled with clinical experience across all specialties and in-depth knowledge of the least invasive treatments.

The central goal of cancer treatment is to stop the uncontrolled growth of a tumor. The term interventional describes treatments performed by inserting needles or long, thin tubes called catheters into the body through tiny incisions in the skin.

Interventional cancer treatments (therapies) used to treat cancer include chemoembolization, cryoablation, and bland particle embolization.

Chemoembolization— is a procedure in which the blood supply to the tumor is blocked surgically or mechanically and anticancer drugs are administered directly into the tumor. This permits a higher concentration of drug to be in contact with the tumor for a longer period of time.

Cryoablation— kills the targeted tumor by placing a probe into the center of the tumor using CT, ultrasound or fluoroscopy. Once in place the tumor can be killed by freezing (cryoablation). Either method works well and is tolerated with minimal sedation.

Bland Particle Embolization