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Interventional radiologists: Tough on liver cancer, kind to patients
Date:10/19/2011

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"Radioembolization with resin microspheres is a safe treatment for patients with unresectable, or inoperable, hepatic malignancies," concluded Daniel B. Brown, M.D., FSIR, an interventional radiologist and chief of interventional radiology and interventional oncology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa. "More than 90 percent of the individuals in our study who received infusions showed no, or few, changes in liver function. And, generally speaking, almost all patients receiving Y-90 infusions to treat primary or metastatic liver tumors were asymptomatic after treatment," he added.

"JVIR is committed to publishing important research that could be practice-changing," noted JVIR editor-in-chief Ziv J Haskal, M.D., FSIR. "Studies such as these allow interventional radiologists, whose hallmark is minimally invasive, targeted treatment of disease, to tailor treatments to help even those who are not candidates for surgery live longer and achieve a better quality of life," added Haskal, who is also professor of radiology and surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and vice chair of strategic development and chief of vascular and interventional radiology, image-guided therapy and interventional oncology at the University of Maryland Medical Center, both in Baltimore.


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