Have you been experiencing fatigue lately? Do you excessively sweat at night? Are you feeling nauseous every now and then?
It’s easy to dismiss these symptoms. However, if they occur more often, it may be best to get it checked and assess if it’s a sign of tumor growth.
In our bodies, cells continuously renew to perform their necessary functions. However, when the balance is broken, newer cells may form without replacing the older ones.
The dead cells become tumors that can cause different types of complications in your body.
If you’re concerned about your health, you can always schedule an appointment with our vascular and interventional specialist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment!
How Are Tumors Diagnosed?
Benign tumors need an early diagnosis to identify its nature and prepare for necessary operations before it becomes cancerous and harms other parts of the body.
Difference Between Benign Tumors And Malignant Tumors
Benign tumors could be found anywhere in the body. Not all types of tumors should cause you to worry, as most vanish on its own.
However, tumors that spread to other parts of the body can become cancerous. A malignant tumor can either be a sarcoma (growth in soft tissue) or carcinoma (growth in organs).
How We Diagnose Tumors
Our team of interventional radiologists starts with imaging techniques to identify the nature of benign tumors using:
- And, Computed tomography scans (CT scans).
After the preliminary imaging, a biopsy is performed to get a sample of the tissue. The pathologist uses this to identify the abnormality.
Needle biopsies are done with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or other movable imaging techniques to provide the actual feed inside the body and collect the sample.
The process requires little recovery time, and the occurrence of complications is minimal compared to surgical biopsies.
Vascular and Interventional Specialists of Prescott perform these procedures with the utmost efficiency.
Procedures And Treatments For Tumors: Tumor Ablation
Tumor ablation is an image-guided technique where tumors are destroyed with the use of extreme heating or cooling.
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA)
Specialists insert a needle on the skin to reach the tumor. The needle’s tip emits radiofrequency energy to heat the tissues and turn the dead tumors into scars.
Like RFA, cryoablation is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a guided needle to eliminate the tumor. However, it uses an extremely cold gas instead of heat produced from radiofrequency.
This procedure is an option only if RFA techniques are not enough to reach the location or handle the number of dead cells.
Chemotherapeutic or cancer-killing drugs prevent the arteries from feeding blood to the tumor, causing it to shrink.
Using the radioactive isotope, Yttrium-90, placed on embolic spheres, tumors are exposed to radiation with a catheter’s guidance.
The technique does not have adverse effects on healthy tissues even with higher doses of radiation.
Procedures We Offer For Bone Tumor
Image-guided Biopsy. Our interventional radiologist begins by locating the bone area in need of biopsy with imaging. A small incision is all our specialists need to retrieve sample tissue without unwanted complications.
Mediport/Port-a-cath Placement. We specialize in placing a Port-a-Cath or a Mediport device for easy medication administration when undergoing chemotherapy.
Trust Our Physicians To Provide Effective Tumor Diagnosis and Treatment
Here at VISP, our vascular specialists and interventional radiologists are more than capable of performing minimally-invasive procedures to diagnose and treat tumors effectively.
The procedures used by our physicians are in line with the updates and regulations provided by the National Cancer Institute.
Whether it’s a benign tumor or the cancerous type, we are your go-to specialists when it comes to tumor ablation procedures!