Interventional radiologists reduce the number of needle sticks patients receive when undergoing cancer treatments. By placing temporary ports, chemotherapy or other medications are better delivered and blood draws are more easily performed. Also, Interventional Radiologists may use lumbar punctures to administer medication or assess disease status.
Interventional Radiologists use image-guided technologies and biopsies to aid in diagnosing patients with cancer. The most common locations we diagnose cancer with image-guided technologies are lung, liver, kidney, lymph nodes and bone cancers. The image-guided techniques provide us with the insight to determine the proper method to locate and sample tissues and tumors.
Fluid is drained to ease pain and reduce discomfort for the patient. It can also be tested to diagnose various diseases, cancers or infections throughout the body. Specifically, there is a focus on draining fluid from the pleural space around the lungs (thoracentesis) or from the abdomen (paracentesis).
To treat tumors, we use a process known as ablation to eliminate tumors without surgery. In addition to bone tumors, ablation is used to treat tumors in the liver, kidney, adrenal glands, or lungs. There are several types of ablation we use: