Cancer Treatments Specialist

IYA Medical

Medical Aesthetics & Interventional Radiology located in Scottsdale, AZ

Cancer treatments are continually improving, becoming less invasive and more effective. If you need treatment for cancer, explore interventional radiology at IYA Medical in Scottsdale, Arizona. Experienced physician Ayad Agha, DO provides treatments for cancer patients, including those who are receiving palliative care. Call IYA Medical today to schedule an appointment or use the online form.

Cancer Treatments Q & A

What is cancer?

Cancerous tumors are the result of certain cells in your body mutating and growing out of control. The cancer cells can grow into large masses and may spread into other areas of your body.

There are numerous different kinds of cancer, and you can get cancer anywhere in your body, including your blood and bones. Cancers can develop for a number of reasons, which vary between different types of cancer. Some of the risk factors for cancer include:

  • Genetics
  • Age
  • Tobacco use
  • Ethnic factors
  • Diet
  • Environment

Some cancers are linked to specific risk factors, like cervical cancer being caused by infection with certain strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV).

The branch of medicine that focuses on cancer is called oncology. Interventional oncology is a growing area of expertise that specializes in using technologically advanced alternatives to surgery for treating cancer patients. Interventional radiology for cancer treatment is a subspecialty of interventional oncology.

How does interventional radiology help with cancer treatment?

There are several ways in which interventional radiology can help in the treatment of cancer. It can help with an image-guided diagnosis like a biopsy of a suspicious mass. It’s also useful to help drain infections or fluid that’s collecting in your abdomen or chest.

Most interventional radiology treatments are for patients who can’t or don’t want to undergo surgery for their cancer or if you have cancer and it’s not improving with chemotherapy. 

Interventional radiology technology can also guide the placement of chest ports and other devices that deliver chemotherapy directly into your bloodstream.

What types of cancer treatments are there?

Interventional radiology at IYA Medical offers a range of cancer treatments, including:

Chemoembolization 

Involves using a thin, flexible tube called a catheter to deliver cancer-killing medication to the affected body part. This decreases blood flow to the tumor, effectively starving it.

Selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT)

Also known as Y-90, SIRT involves injecting small radioactive spheres into blood vessels that are feeding the tumor.

Cryoablation 

Cryotherapies use extreme cold to destroy cells. Cryoablation targets cancer cells in and around the tumor.

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA)

RFA uses heat from an electric current to destroy your tumor.

Microwave ablation 

Similar to RFA but uses electromagnetic waves to destroy cancerous cells.

Irreversible electroporation 

This is the latest type of ablation therapy, which creates an electrical field that kills cancer cells.

What cancer treatments can help terminal patients?

If your cancer reaches a point where there are no more treatment options, but the tumor is continuing to grow, palliative interventional radiology can help with pain relief during this terminal phase.

One example of how interventional radiology can help with palliative cancer treatment is in using radiofrequency ablation to kill pain nerves for patients whose pain isn’t controllable using medication alone.

Spinal cord stimulation using an implantable device that the patient controls can also be helpful in some cases.

To find out more about cancer treatments, call IYA Medical today or book an appointment online.