Radioembolization (Y-90) for Liver Tumors
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Our interventional oncology specialists focus treatment on the organ where the cancer lives. Working as part of the patient’s cancer care team, our doctors treat the tumor where it is, such as in the liver, spine, kidney, or bones. This targeted approach avoids many of the drawbacks of more systemic treatments that affect the whole body.
We offer treatments for the following conditions:
Arterial Disease / PAD
Enlarged Prostate / BPH
About the procedure Radioembolization is a minimally invasive treatment option for patients with cancerous tumors of the liver that cannot be effectively treated by other means. The procedure is sometimes called SIRT (Selective Internal Radiation Therapy) or Y-90 (because of the tiny radioactive beads containing Yttrium-90 used to treat the cancer). These microscopic radioactive spheres are injected through a catheter into the blood vessels that feed the tumors. Once there, they begin to emit radiation, killing the cancers.
Why it’s done
Radiation therapy is not new in the treatment of cancer. The radioembolization procedure is generally considered safer than other forms of radiation therapy, however, because the radioactive Y-90 beads are targeted directly at the tumors themselves. Healthy tissue in other areas of the liver suffers minimal damage from the radioembolization because of the precise positioning of the particles. Because of this, radioembolization produces far fewer side effects than systemic radiation, which may expose other areas of the body. Once injected into the tumors, the radiation level of the spheres depletes naturally over the course of a month, so that any leftover particles can safely remain in place and do not require removal.
Getting the best cancer care
Whatever form your cancer has taken, you can count on receiving the best liver cancer treatment possible from the specialists at Comprehensive Integrated Care.