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.
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.
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