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How can interventional radiology be used to treat cancer?

Dr. James G. Carlisle, MD
Vascular & Interventional Radiologist

The most common types of cancer treated with interventional oncology are gastrointestinal (GI) tract cancers. Usually that's colon cancer, which is very common. There are other forms of cancer called neuroendocrine cancers or carcinoid cancers. Typically when these cancers spread to the liver, interventional oncologists get involved in treating those liver metastases.

Another very common cancer that we get involved with is primary lung cancers, typically associated with people who smoke. In those people that cannot undergo a surgical resection of their lung cancer, interventional oncologists can go in and ablate or burn that tumor so these people do not have to undergo surgery.

Interventional radiology in cancer treatment eliminates the need for open surgery for certain cancers.

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