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Smilow Interventional Oncology Program

The Interventional Oncology Program at Smilow Cancer Hospital offers cutting-edge specialized services that complement and support medical, surgical, and radiation oncology to provide optimal patient care.

A team of dedicated professionals offers minimally invasive, imaging-guided therapies for patients with liver, colorectal, lung, bone/soft tissue, kidney, and metastatic cancers. These therapies can be used either as primary or adjuvant treatments.

In addition, our program provides a range of therapeutic options used for palliative care, including biopsy, vascular port and chemotherapy catheter placement, abscess drainage, stenting of malignant strictures, and therapies for pain relief.

Our Services

Minimally invasive Interventional Oncology treatments include:

  • Chemoembolization: Selective delivery of chemotherapy directly to the tumor through a catheter located in the artery feeding the tumor
  • Radioembolization: Selective delivery of radioactive particles directly to the tumor through a catheter located in the artery feeding the tumor
  • Radiofrequency Ablation: A procedure that uses radio waves to heat and destroy cancerous cells via a needle inserted in the patient’s skin
  • Cryoablation: A procedure in which an extremely cold temperature (via a cryoprobe inserted through the patient’s skin) is used to freeze and destroy cancer tissue.
  • Microwave Ablation: A procedure that uses microwaves to heat and destroy cancerous cells.
  • NanoKnife: Irreversible Electoroporation Cancer Ablation, or NanoKnife therapy, is available as a treatment option for liver cancer at Smilow Cancer Hospital. NanoKnife is a state-of-the-art minimally invasive cancer treatment that applies a high voltage of electrical pulses to induce targeted cancer death, while minimizing surrounding tissue damage in highly selective and challenging anatomic locations, such as the liver.
  • Pain Palliation Treatment: Therapeutic options consisting of ablation, chemoembolization, or radioembolization designed specifically to relieve pain caused by primary or metastatic tumors.