A minimally invasive approach to treating your cancer.
Reduced pain. Quicker recovery. Fewer complications.
Over the last twenty years, interventional radiology has gained momentum offering an invaluable alternative to open surgery. The Interventional Radiologists team at Moffitt are specialty trained, board-certified physicians who focus on minimally invasive, image-guided, outpatient procedures. The procedures are performed in one of our six rooms with imaging guidance using equipment such as X-rays, ultrasound, CT scan and MRI. Following recovery, most patients go home and resume their daily activities within a day or so.
Your candidacy and treatment is determined with personalized care offering in-depth knowledge, advanced diagnostic imaging and clinical experience.
Many conditions that once required traditional surgery can be treated with a minimally invasive approach which offers more benefits for the patient.
- Outpatient setting
- Quicker recovery
- Most procedures performed with only sedation and/or local anesthesia; general anesthesia is not usually required.
- Reduced risk of complications
- Less scarring
Using imaging for guidance, the interventional radiologist accesses the femoral artery then threads a tiny catheter up into the blood vessels of the tumor and inject tiny embolization beads loaded with drugs or radioisotope. These treatments act locally at the site of the tumor. This targeted therapy allows the delivery of the highest possible concentration of chemo drugs or radioisotope to the tumor with minimal systemic side effects.
Ablation offers a localized method for removing tumor cells with heat or extreme cold. The thermal ablation needle is inserted into the tumor under image guidance. The ablation probe delivers energy directly into the tumor and heats or freezes the cancer and removes tumor cells without significant tissue damage.
Osteoporosis or tumor involvement can weaken the bones and lead to vertebral compression fractures resulting in severe, debilitating back pain. The procedure available to treat these painful fractures is called vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty. Using image guidance, cement is injected into the fractured vertebra. This stabilizes the fracture, resulting in significant improvement of symptoms.
Interventional Radiology can perform a number of other procedures using image-guidance to help cancer patients improve their quality of life. For example, our team can remove blood clots or implant infusion ports, tunneled venous lines, feeding or drainage tubes and stents.
Moffitt Interventional Radiology
The Interventional Radiology multispecialty team consists of five board certified interventional radiology physicians and three mid-level providers. The team is supported by a highly-skilled group of registered interventional radiologic technologists, registered nurses, and support staff. We provide full clinical service, which include hospital admitting privileges.
To determine your candidacy, call 1-888-MOFFITT or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment.
Moffitt Cancer Center, Muriel Rothman (Clinic) Building, Third Floor
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.