For patients with a primary or metastatic liver cancer diagnosis, the treatment road ahead can be both long and arduous. Unfortunately, about 18,500 cases of liver cancer are diagnosed each year. It is twice as common in men than women and frequently is seen in patients with cirrhosis.
Treatment is often made difficult because liver tumors are often inoperable and chemotherapy drugs have been ineffective in curing liver cancer. But there’s some good news, in the form of new treatment options that can extend and improve the quality of life.
What Is Y90, Or Radioembolization?
The procedure delivers powerful doses of radiation exactly where it’s needed, and just as important, avoids exposing radiation in areas where it’s not needed. A highly trained physician–like the interventional radiologists at Radiology of Indiana–uses advanced x-ray technology to guide small doses of radiation by precisely guiding an injection through blood vessels to the affected area. The injection contains microscopic glass beads that carry radiation to the cancer cells in the liver, cutting off their supply of blood and oxygen, preventing them from growing.
Y90 is not a cure, but it can significantly slow the growth of the disease and provide relief of some symptoms.