Cancer Patients Find Benefit from Minimally Invasive Treatment Options and Coordinated Care

cancer treatmentRadiology Associates of DeKalb, P. C. (RAD) offers a multi-disciplinary approach to cancer treatment that includes non-surgical, minimally invasive options for cancer patients. RAD’s Interventional Radiologists, in consultation with the cancer team, use image guided techniques to treat patients in combination with current therapy.  Patients who are not surgical candidates or have exhausted their treatment options may benefit from these procedures.

There are three minimally invasive procedures that provide an excellent adjuvant treatment for those with certain cancers. Three treatments the DeKalb Interventional radiologists provide include microwave ablation, chemoembolization and kyphoplasty.

“If there is a tumor in the body, we can target the tumor at the source and provide patients with safe and effective treatment choices,” said Neal A. Desai, M.D., one of four Interventional Radiologists at RAD. “Our team works with physicians and patients to provide tailored consultation, evaluation and treatment options.”

Microwave ablation is a method using heat to locally destroy tumor cells primarily used in masses affecting the lung, liver, kidney and bone. The best results from MWA are seen in smaller cancer masses usually one to five centimeters in diameter.  The heat is introduced through a microwave antenna that is placed using CAT scan or ultrasound guidance. Patients will likely stay one night in the hospital after the procedure. This has been found to rival effectiveness of surgical removal and can be done quickly and safely.

To learn more about this procedure, click on the one page flyer:  What is Microwave Ablation.

Another local treatment targets primary and metastatic liver tumors is called chemoembolization. This treatment introduces high dose of chemotherapy containing beads directly into tumors under x-ray. Beads release chemotherapy over two weeks as well as decrease the blood supply to the cancer which helps kill the tumor. This procedure requires the patient to stay overnight in the hospital.

To learn more about this procedure, click on the one page flyer:  Chemoemobolization FAQ

Kyphoplasty is a procedure for the treatment of pain caused by spinal compression fractures. Tumor makes bone soft which can break and press back onto the spinal cord. Filling this “broken” and invaded vertebral body reduces pain and helps keep it from compressing the spinal cord.

To learn more about this procedure, click on the one page flyer:  Kypho vertebro FAQ.

Interventional Radiology services are available at North Decatur and Hillandale facilities only. If you have questions or you have a patient that may be eligible for interventional treatments, call 404.501.5231 or feel free to visit RAD online.