Radioembolization is a therapy used to treat advanced-stage liver cancer that has either started in the liver or spread to the liver from another part of the body (metastatic). While this procedure does not act as a cure, it can help extend and improve the lives of patients who are not eligible for other forms of treatment. This procedure can not only slow down the progression of tumors, but also alleviate some of the symptoms associated with liver cancer.
Minimally Invasive With Significant Benefits
Y-90 Radioembolization combines radiation therapy and embolization, a minimally invasive treatment used to block the supply of blood to cancerous cells. During the procedure, small glass or resin beads (called microspheres) that are filled with the radioactive isotope yttrium 90 (Y-90) are inserted via a catheter into the blood vessels, delivering radiation to the tumor, cutting off the blood supply to cancer cells, and sparing healthy tissue.
When compared to standard radiation therapy, radioembolization produces fewer side effects. It is performed on an outpatient basis and is minimally invasive. The microspheres are inserted through a small prick in the skin, so no incisions or stitches are necessary. For patients with inoperable tumors, the Y-90 radioembolization procedure can provide them with the best chance possible for a longer, better life. On occasion, this treatment can be used to reduce the size of a tumor so that it can then be removed through surgery. It can also be used alongside chemotherapy to maximize the elimination of cancerous cells.
Patient-Focused Care For Over 50 Years
As a patient at Valley Radiology, you can always expect our expert radiologists will make you as comfortable as possible during your visit. Through every step of the way, we’ll be ready to answer any questions you may have, address your concerns, and walk you through your procedure. While we’re proud to offer our radiology experience, skills, and technology, we care most about providing compassionate care to our patients.
Schedule Your Procedure Today
If you’re living with cancer, the time is now to improve and extend your life. If you have questions concerning this procedure or you’re ready to schedule your appointment, call our office at 910-486-5700 or fill out our quick contact form today!