In recent years, there have been tremendous advances in the field of interventional oncology. We at our Vascular Anomalies Clinic of Jerusalem (Israel) can now offer much less invasive options than open surgery, for many cancers. Targeted therapies to the tumor itself rather than the entire body is an additional advantage of interventional oncology as the treatment may be more effective and with less systemic side effects.
We are committed to delivering the highest quality of individualized treatment and compassion. We make every effort to ensure comfort and to control pain. Our patients receive frequent follow up phone calls after discharge to answer questions and provide guidance when needed.
Many tumors in the liver can be accessed with a tiny catheter which can then block off the blood vessels feeding the tumor, or can deliver chemotherapy directly to the tumor. This is particularly true of hepatocellular carcinoma and some other tumors that spread to the liver.
Local ablation (placing a small needle) directly into tumors in the liver and kidneys may offer a minimally invasive option for some patients with tumors of these organs, and be an effective alternative to surgery.
Blocking off the blood vessels to certain tumors that cause pain in the bones (palliative embolization) or other organs may offer relief to patients with severe cancer-related pain.
Most patients will require only local anesthesia and moderate sedation (‘partial’ anesthesia where patients feel relaxed and calm) to remain comfortable during the procedure.
We would be happy to discuss interventional oncology at our vascular anomalies clinic in Jerusalem (Israel) and take all the time you need, to answer your questions/concerns.
The procedure is covered by some of the kuppot and insurance companies. We typically appeal to the kuppot/insurance companies on an individual basis, and will make every effort to assist in obtaining a hitchayvut for the procedure.