Interventional Radiologist Questions Liver Cancer

Can liver cancer be treated by an interventional radiologist?

Can an interventional radiologist help in treating liver cancer or do you just see an oncologist?

2 Answers

Occasionally an interventional radiologist can assist in chemo delivery but the medical oncologist is the one who determines if you are a candidate for that therapy.
Yes IR can treat certain types of liver cancers either with chemotherapy given through artery cutting off blood supply, giving radiation treatment, and/or freezing or burning the tumor. The first step is to see an oncologist who can determine if your type of tumor meets that criteria for IR treatment. Traditionally it had been for liver cancers that started in liver and now we can treat cancers that have traveled to liver (metastatic cancers)