WPHPA Interventional Oncology
The Center for Cancer Care’s Interventional Oncology Service Services uses image guidance to perform minimally invasive procedures in an effort to diagnose, treat and cure patients with variety of cancers. Interventional treatments are highly focused, direct and targeted, resulting in greater potency of doses to the tumor with improved sparing of normal non-cancerous tissue.
Interventional Oncology procedures include:
- Image guided biopsy using CT, US and fluoroscopy to diagnose cancer.
- Arterial based treatments which block blood vessels leading to tumors using tiny beads soaked in either chemotherapy or loaded with radiation.
- These procedures starve the tumor of blood while poisoning it directly without causing side effects to the rest of the body.
- Ablative therapies use needles called probes which can get hot or cold in a very controlled manner to treat tumors through a small puncture in the skin.
- These technologies more or less are either cooking or freezing the tumor.
- The tumor subsequently dies and then gets reabsorbed by the body.
- Long term IV access including port and PICC insertion.