Radioembolization is similar to chemoembolization in that tiny particles are delivered to the tumor(s) through a catheter in the artery. Instead of a chemotherapeutic drug, the tiny particles are attached to a radioactive isotope called yttrium 90. The particles become lodged deep within the tumor and emit high dose radiation in a very localized manner.
The treatment allows for the delivery of much higher dose of radiation to the tumors not achievable by other means of external radiation therapy. This procedure is particularly useful in those patients with tumor involvement of the portal vein. It has the added benefit of causing very few mild side effects. Conveniently, this procedure is performed on an outpatient basis.
The latest research is now suggesting that radioembolization in combination with certain systemic chemotherapies can achieve improved outcomes for both primary and secondary liver cancer. ARA’s interventional oncologists will work closely with your medical oncologist to formulate a customized treatment plan.
Radioembolization, also known as selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT), represents the state of the art in treatment of inoperable liver tumors. Austin Radiological Association has developed the first and only radioembolization program in central Texas and is now offered at north, south, and central Austin locations.
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