Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix experts in interventional radiology can use minimally invasive alternatives to surgery to treat various cancers.
We are leaders in interventional radiology. We are the only program in Arizona that provides radioembolization for liver tumors using TheraSphere and SirSphere. We are the fourth largest radioembolization center in the country.
Through a small nick in the skin, our interventional radiologists insert tiny catheters and miniature instruments that can be steered through the body’s network of arteries and veins.
The advantages of interventional radiology include:
- Non-surgical treatment of disease
- Performed through a small nick in the skin
- Low risk
- Minimal pain
- Short procedure times on an outpatient basis
- Short recovery times
- General anesthesia is usually not required
Some of our treatments include:
- Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) using needle probes that burn tumor/cancer with minimal effect to surrounding tissue.
- Radioembolization provides the delivery of millions of microscopic radioactive glass beads directly into inoperable liver tumors through a tiny catheter steered into the artery that feeds the tumor. The beads become lodged within the tumor vessels, where they deliver the local radiation that causes tumor death.
- Chemoembolization uses tiny beads to deliver cancer-killing drugs directly into liver tumors.
- Cryoblation using needle probes that freeze tumor/cancer with minimal effect to surrounding tissue. Interventional radiologists consult with referred patients in an office setting to fully evaluate patient’s condition and review treatment plan options.
Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix is a pioneer in the use of interventional radiology and has a history of excellent results:
- 2001 – Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix conducted the first TheraSphere procedure in the Western United States. This specialized procedure delivers millions of microscopic radioactive glass beads to an inoperable liver tumor through a catheter. The spheres are trapped in the tumor’s capillary bed where they burn away the tumor from the inside.
- 2001 – Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix became the site of the first TheraSphere/liver transplant “bridge” in the U.S. when a TheraSphere treatment enabled a local man with liver cancer to regain enough liver function to receive a liver transplant.
- 2002 – Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix conducted the first SIR-Sphere procedure in the U.S. to treat metastatic cancers that form in liver.
- 2009 – Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix conducted the first Irreversible Electroporation (IRE) procedure on a patient with liver tumor in the U.S. outside of clinical trials.