New Innovations in Cancer Treatment

Dr. James Carlisle is an interventional radiologist and interventional oncologist with the Utah Vascular Clinic and St. Mark’s Hospital talks about new innovations in cancer treatment.

What is interventional oncology?
• Interventional oncology is a subfield within interventional    radiology. An interventional oncologist is a physician who    performs image-guided, minimally-invasive procedures for    patient with cancer.
• Board-certified specialty.

Conditions treated through interventional oncology
• We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of tumors, both    malignant and benign.
• The most common benign tumor is a fibroid. Many women are    choosing to have a minimally-invasive fibroid treatment rather    than a hysterectomy.
• Common malignant tumors include cancer of the liver or lungs.    The cancer may have started in the organ or have spread to it.

• Cancers that start in the liver are fairly uncommon. Often the    cancer starts in another area of the body and spreads to the    liver, such as colon cancer.

Benefits of interventional treatments
• Minimally-invasive procedure; often replaces traditional    surgeries
• Proven effective, highly targeted therapy with few side effects
• Provide regional cancer therapy. Unlike traditional chemotherapy    treatments where the entire body is affected, interventional    oncology treatments target only the areas where the cancer is    found. This improves the effectiveness of the treatment and    limits the toxicity to the body.

• Outpatient procedure

Two treatment techniques
   Radioactive or chemotherapy particles are injected into the    blood vessels through tiny tubes. These particles lodge in the    tumors and prevent further growth.

   Through the use of a CAT scan or an ultrasound machine, the    physician directs a needle or antenna through the skin directly    into the tumor. Heart or chemicals are then applied directly to    the tumor to kill it.

Candidates for interventional oncology treatments
• Individuals in the early stages of cancer as well as advanced    stages, where the cancer has spread through the body.
• Individuals who may not be candidates for surgery.

For additional information or to schedule an appointment, call 801-268-7940.

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