A Ray of Hope: Exploring Y-90 Cancer Treatment for Liver Cancer

Liver cancer, a formidable adversary in the realm of oncology, poses significant challenges for both patients and medical professionals. However, amidst the complexities of this disease, a promising treatment option has emerged—Y90, or radioembolization. In this blog, we will delve into the intricacies of Y90 cancer treatment for liver cancer, exploring its mechanism, benefits, and the hope it brings to those battling this formidable condition.

Understanding Liver Cancer:

Liver cancer, or hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), is a type of cancer that originates in the liver cells. It is often diagnosed at advanced stages, making treatment more challenging. Traditional treatment methods include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. However, these approaches may have limitations, especially when dealing with advanced liver cancer.

Enter Y90 Radioembolization:

Y90 radioembolization, commonly referred to as Y-90 treatment, is a minimally invasive and targeted approach to treating liver cancer. This procedure involves the use of tiny radioactive beads containing Y90, which are delivered directly to the tumor site through the bloodstream.

How Y90 Treatment Works:

The Y90 radioembolization process begins with the placement of a catheter into the hepatic artery, the main blood vessel that supplies the liver. The radioactive microspheres are then injected through the catheter, traveling through the bloodstream until they reach the small blood vessels feeding the tumor. Once in place, the Y90 microspheres emit radiation, selectively targeting and destroying cancer cells while minimizing damage to healthy liver tissue.

Benefits of Y90 Treatment:

1. Precision Targeting: Y90 treatment offers precision in targeting cancer cells, minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissue. This targeted approach is particularly crucial in liver cancer, where preserving healthy liver function is paramount.

2. Minimally Invasive: Unlike traditional surgical procedures, Y90 treatment is minimally invasive, reducing the recovery time and potential complications associated with major surgeries.

3. Localized Treatment: The microspheres used in Y90 treatment deliver radiation directly to the tumor site, offering a localized and potent therapeutic effect.

4. Quality of Life Improvement: Y90 treatment has shown promise in improving the quality of life for patients, especially those with advanced liver cancer. It can be used as a standalone treatment or in conjunction with other therapeutic modalities.

Hope on the Horizon:

Y90 radioembolization represents a ray of hope for individuals facing the challenges of liver cancer. While not suitable for every patient, it has shown efficacy in cases where other treatments may be less effective. As medical research advances, Y90 treatment continues to evolve, offering new avenues for personalized and effective cancer care.

Learn more about Y90 and the board-certified radiology team at Radiology of Indiana today. Call 317-621-5555 or visit radiologyofindiana.com to schedule an appointment.

Breast Cancer: The Importance of Imaging

Early detection can save lives; read our latest blog discussing breast cancer and the importance of imaging for detection and possibly treatment!

Breast Cancer Awareness

Join us this October as we recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month because we aim to unite when cancer divides. Breast cancer is a form of cancer that develops in the breast when cells begin to multiply out of control. In the United States, one in eight women will develop breast cancer. Aside from skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women. In 2022, the American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 43,250 women will die due to breast cancer, with a total of about 287,850 new invasive cases diagnosed.

The two most frequent forms of breast cancer are:

  • Invasive ductal carcinoma:Occurs when abnormal cells form within the milk ducts, then alter and attack breast tissue outside the ducts. Once this occurs, these cancer cells can spread to other body areas. The most common type of breast cancer, making up for a total of 80% of diagnoses.
  • Invasive lobular carcinoma – Beginning in the milk-producing glands known as the breast lobules, as the name invasive implies, this cancer can advance beyond the lobule. It can potentially reach one’s lymph nodes and other parts of the body. This form of breast cancer makes up around 10% of diagnoses.

Early Detection for Your Protection 

When discovered in its early stages, breast cancer has a survival rate of 99%, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Three simple steps can help you remain proactive regarding breast cancer prevention. First, conduct a breast self-examination once a month at home. Familiarize yourself with how they feel and alert your doctor if changes arise. As the saying says, “feel for lumps, save your bumps.” The next step is a clinical breast exam; your physician or gynecologist completes a CBE at your annual examination. They are trained to notice any breast abnormalities or warning signs. The third and final step is a mammogram. This type of imaging allows a specialist to examine the breast tissue of targeted problem areas. Mammograms can detect breast lumps before they can be felt by hand.

Breast Cancer Awareness Pink ribbon.

Early detection is fundamental to treating breast cancer, with varied screening options readily available. Here are different types of radiological imaging used for breast cancer detection:

  • Breast MRI – A breast MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a diagnostic exam through a union of radio waves and powerful magnets that forms detailed images of the inside of the breast.
  • Breast Ultrasound – A screening test that utilizes sound waves to look within the breast. Breast ultrasounds also allow for specific breast changes to be monitored, such as a fluid-filled cyst that a mammogram may struggle to depict clearly.
  • Mammograms – Last but certainly not least is the most crucial screening test for breast cancer. Think of a mammogram as an X-ray of the breast, which can detect breast cancer as early as two years before a doctor can physically feel a tumor.

Breast cancer is an extremely difficult disease to experience or watch someone you love the experience. Therefore, raising awareness regarding means of prevention is essential moving forward. As actress and breast cancer survivor Ann Jillian once said, “There can be life after breast cancer. The prerequisite is early detection.”

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Breast Cancer Awareness is more than just a month. Visit our website today to learn more about breast imaging and the various types provided!






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