Cancer treatment

Cancer treatment

Various interventional therapies exist to treat cancers. Transarterial chemoembolization - Delivering cancer treatment directly to a tumour through its blood supply, then using clot-inducing substances to block the artery, ensures that the delivered chemotherapy is not "washed out" by continued blood flow.

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA)- Performed by placing a heat source within the tumor percutaneously through a needle and destroying the tumor cells, there by avoiding major open surgery. All of these treatments are delivered locally, minimizing damage to nearby tissue and avoiding the systemic side-effects of chemotherapy.

Liver cancer: For liver cancer, curative treatment is liver resection or liver transplant; however, radiofrequency ablation, percutaneous ethanol injection, chemoembolization and radioembolizationare options for patients that are poor candidates for resection or transplantation.

Lung cancer: Surgery (lobectomy) remains the reference for treating early stage lung cancer; however, most patients are not surgical candidates at the time of diagnosis. For these patients, minimally invasive treatment option, percutaneous thermal ablation therapy such a Radiofrequency ablation has emerged as safe and effective treatment alternatives.