De-Livering Tumours With Embolisation

If you’ve known anyone with liver cancer, you may know it can be a tricky cancer to treat. Often by the time it’s diagnosed, it has progressed so far it cannot be removed surgically. However, there are still options for treatment, thanks to Interventional Radiology. In fact, Interventional Radiology may also enable “non-operative” patients to become operative candidates Embolisation for liver cancer: How it works Embolisation is a liver cancer treatment that shrinks tumours by using their blood supply against them. The procedure has been successful in patients who have inoperable primary (arising from the liver) or secondary (spreading to the liver from another location) tumours, as well as patients who need a break between chemotherapy treatments. Embolization involves injecting substances into the blood ... READ MORE
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Fibroid Embolisation vs Hysterectomy: What’s the Bleeding Difference?

Uterine fibroids are benign tumours that can cause heavy menstrual bleeding, bloating, pelvic pain, and urinary problems. If you wanted to have uterine fibroids removed 30 years ago, hysterectomy would have been your only option. That meant open surgery, risk of heavy blood loss and/or infection, and a 6-8 week recovery process. Fortunately, these days minimally invasive treatment options exist that offer faster recovery times and less disruption of your daily life. Let’s quickly look at the differences between an abdominal hysterectomy and uterine fibroid embolisation. Knowing the difference might help you make a more informed choice about which treatment is right for you. Abdominal Hysterectomy An abdominal hysterectomy is a certain and permanent solution for getting rid of fibroids. ... READ MORE

Time For a Medical Intervention? Here’s How Radiology Can Help You

What if I told you that cancer, stroke, heart disease and many more conditions could be successfully operated on through a single pinhole-sized incision? It may sound like science fiction, but Interventional Radiology is removing the need for many traditionally invasive surgeries. Every day at my Sydney practice, I treat a range of problems using a tiny vein catheter, using imaging for guidance. Patients who once faced lengthy (and painful) recovery times can now be sent home the same day with just a Panadol and a Band-Aid. Personally, I think that’s pretty exciting. If you ever find yourself in need of surgery, you will too! Many people have never heard of Interventional Radiology. But the specialty is regularly breaking new ground to ... READ MORE