Disease: Liver cancer
Interventional radiologists at Lutheran General Hospital offer advanced options for treating liver cancer. These physicians are skilled in using the blood vessels to deliver highly targeted treatments without affecting other organs. Using imaging to guide a fine tube or catheter directly to the tumor, minimally invasive treatment options can kill cancer cells by cutting off blood supply, freezing, or burning.
Minimally invasive procedures
Through this technique, the interventional radiologist delivers high doses of chemotherapy directly to the organ using imaging guidance. The tumor is starved of blood by cutting off, or embolizing, the arteries feeding the tumor.
In this procedure, radiation is delivered directly to the tumor through a catheter in the groin and into the liver. Blood supply to the tumor is cut off causing it to shrink and die.
Interventional radiologists use this procedure to transmit radiofrequency energy through a fine needle directly into the tumor. Heat is produced in the tissue, and dead tumor tissue shrinks and forms a scar.
In cryoablation, extreme cold gas freezes the tumor rather than heating it as in radiofrequency ablation. The energy is delivered directly into the tumor by a probe inserted through the skin.