Fast Outpatient Diagnosis
Interventional Radiologists use imaging techniques to locate and biopsy potentially cancerous tumors. A fine needle is used to obtain a tissue sample, which a pathologist examines to determine if there is cancer. Patients usually return home the same day. Depending on the condition, doctors at Jupiter Medical Center will choose from a powerful array of new treatments.
A Wide Range of Treatment Options
A tiny catheter is carefully guided into arteries supplying the tumor with blood. The doctor then injects a mixture of anti-cancer drugs and small beads directly into the tumor while blocking off its blood supply. Chemotherapy is thus delivered in much higher concentrations, and for longer periods, than would otherwise be possible. The catheter is removed and the patient returns home after an overnight hospital stay.
Radiofrequency Tumor Ablation
In this promising new therapy for tumors of the liver, lung, kidney and bones, Interventional Radiologists use imaging techniques to place small probes directly into the tumor. The probe is attached to an energy source and then heated to eradicate cancer cells. The probe is removed and the patient is discharged the same day, or after an overnight hospital stay.
Powerports and PICC
For cancer patients requiring chemotherapy, Interventional Radiologists use image guidance to place ports or peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) into the patient. These outpatient procedures are performed under local anesthesia or light sedation.
Deep Venous Thrombosis / Pulmonary Embolism
Patients with cancer are at higher risk of developing leg vein clots called deep venous thrombosis (DVT).
A clot can potentially travel from the legs into the blood vessels of the lungs. This is called pulmonary embolism (PE). Interventional Radiologists use a variety of procedures including “clot busting” medications and clot removal using small catheters to treat these conditions.
Vertebroplasty / Kyphoplasty
Spine tumors can result in painful fractures called pathologic vertebral compression fractures (VCF). Interventional Radiologists can place small needles into the fracture area and deposit bone cement, which immediately treats the fracture and results in complete or significant back pain relief in most patients.
Obstruction Relief /Fluid Drainage
As tumors grow, they can sometimes obstruct normal flow of fluids in an organ. These obstructions can cause pain, discomfort, or infection and can lead to organ failure. At Jupiter Medical Center, Interventional Radiologists insert small tubes to relieve obstructions and allow fluids to drain normally. Additionally, some cancers result in fluid build-up in the chest or abdomen. Interventional Radiologists use imaging techniques to locate these fluid pockets and remove them using small tubes.