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Interventional Radiology

Torrance Memorial offers the expertise of interventional radiologists for nonsurgical cancer diagnosis and treatment. These specifically trained physicians use advanced imaging to guide catheters and micro instruments to the exact site of a tumor. Use of sofisticated interventional radiology equipment allows for precise and minimally invasive techniques to obtain tissue for diagnostic evaluation, and specialized treatments aimed directly at the tumor site.

Specific Treatments

Transcatheter Chemoembolization

Primarily a procedure for patients with liver cancer, this procedure uses an angiogram - imaging of blood vessels - to deliver chemotherapy directly to the site of a tumor. While not a cure for cancer, transcatheter chemoemolization is a palliative treatment to relieve pain and improve the quality of a patient's life. The procedure may be repeated multiple times.

Tumor Ablation

When surgery is not an option due to tumor size, location or patient overall health, tumor ablation can deliver various treatments directly to the site of the cancer. With radiofrequency ablation (RFA), physicians at Torrance Memorial use a needle guided by ultrasound to deliver heat or laser to destroy cancer cells. Typically used to treat liver cancer, this practice is under study for use in tumors of the kidney, adrenal gland, lung, bone and prostate.

Vertebral Body Compression Fracture Treatment

Certain cancers can make bones fragile and likely to break, including serious fractures of the spinal column. Vertibroplasty and kyphoplasty are minimally invasive treatments that use x-ray guidance to stabilize damaged bones, which reduces pain and limits further chance of injury. Both are outpatient procedures, allowing you to recover at home.

Vertebral Body Tumor Treatment

When tumors press on the spinal cord or large nerves, embolization can help prepare a patient for surgery or shrink a tumor if surgery is not an option. This procedure uses a catheter to block blood supply to a tumor to make surgery safer and recovery faster, or to block nutrients to decrease tumor growth.