Published on October 23, 2017

Targeting tumors without surgery

Surgery is often a crucial part of treating cancer.

But what if it isn’t an option for you?

imaging screensAt Mercy Fitzgerald, our highly skilled interventional radiologists treat many cancers with minimally invasive procedures.

These treatments precisely target tumors, sparing nearby healthy tissue. And compared to standard surgery, the procedures could be less painful and have a shorter recovery time, says Gerard Berry, MD, Section Head of Interventional Radiology at Mercy Fitzgerald and Mercy Philadelphia. Typically, they’re delivered in two ways:

Embolization. In these catheter-based procedures, doctors use tiny beads that release radiation or cancer drugs to treat tumors.

Ablation. With this procedure, doctors use a thin, needle-like probe to kill cancer cells—either by heating them to high temperatures or freezing them. Ablation can destroy tumors throughout the body.

What’s more, “These minimally invasive procedures are only one part of the comprehensive, university-level care you can count on here,” says Carol Fluegge, MBA, MA, RN, Vice President of Clinical Service Lines.

A multidisciplinary team of physicians—including specialists in interventional oncology, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and pathology—creates a personalized treatment plan for each of our cancer patients.