Interventional oncology is the treatment of cancer patients with minimally invasive techniques. Most commonly patients with primary liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma) or secondary liver cancer (metastatic spread from colon cancer, neuroendocrine tumor, and others) are treated with these techniques.
What types of cancers can be treated?
Primary liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma)
Metastatic cancers with spread to liver including:
- Colon cancer
- Neuroendocrine tumor
- Breast cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Head and neck cancer
What types of treatments are available?
Interventional oncology treatments include:
- Portal vein embolization
How long are the procedures?
The length of the procedure varies on procedure type and patient anatomy.
How long is the hospital stay?
For most procedures, patients are discharged home the same day or the following morning.
Are the treatments compatible with chemotherapy?
In most cases, concurrent treatment with chemotherapy is recommended. The treating interventional radiologist will work in conjunction with the oncologist to individualize treatment.