Radiology in Oncology
Employing interventional radiology in oncology opens up new possibilities to treat cancer.
Procedures are performed not only in biopsy, but also at a minimal invasive liver chemoembolization. Under local anesthesia, the radiologist guides a catheter in the femoral artery, injecting the chemotherapeutic substance directly into the tumor. In this case, few healthy cells are near-threatened and the effectiveness of the treatment can be increased.
In case of complications after a cancer treatment, minimally invasive interventions can help to prolong the patients live and improve the quality of life. In combination with interventional radiology, numerous methods allowing outpatient treatment , which help to reduce pain and side effects, are available.
Interventional radiology is significantly involved in the development of cancer therapy, such as gene therapy or the so called “Magnetic” chemotherapy. Applying this method, the radiologist uses magnets to lead the active ingredients directly to the tumor. Although these techniques are still in the research phase, new hope in the fight against cancer is given.