Radioembolization Y-90 Farmington: A small number of patients with cancer have tumors that cannot be completely removed by surgery or treated effectively with radiation therapy. A treatment option that can benefit these patients — particularly those with liver cancer, lung cancer, and sarcomas — is yttrium-90 radioembolization or Y-90 RE. With this treatment option, microspheres filled with Y-90 radioactive isotopes are injected into blood vessels surrounding the tumor to deliver a concentrated dose of radiation directly to the area where it will do the most good without harming normal tissue elsewhere in your body.
What Is Radioembolization?
Radioembolization, also known as selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT) and radio ablation, is a minimally invasive treatment that delivers radioactive particles directly to cancerous tumors. This procedure helps doctors treat patients who can’t be successfully treated by surgery or other treatments. Radioembolization offers many advantages over traditional treatments. It can reduce side effects and has been shown to improve the quality of life for many patients.
How Does It Work?
Patients undergo a Radioembolization Y-90 procedure, which allows doctors to deliver microspheres directly to tumors and other diseased tissue without surgery. This minimally invasive procedure can be performed in one of two ways. In infusion embolization, a catheter is inserted through a small incision in your leg or arm and guided into your blood vessels.
Where Can You Get It?
Radioembolization Y-90 Farmington is a minimally invasive treatment for a wide range of cancers, including liver tumors and lung cancer. This treatment is also used to block blood flow to certain areas of your body in order to starve them into submissions, such as when it’s used to treat aneurysms or arteriovenous malformations. For more information about Radioembolization at Farmington Regional Health Center, please contact (888) 848-7828 today.
What Are The Side Effects?
As you’d expect, when radioactive particles are introduced into your blood, there can be side effects. For example, you may experience bone pain — usually in your back or legs — which can be treated with acetaminophen. Fatigue is another common side effect of radioembolization, though it often subsides within several weeks.
Will My Insurance Cover This Treatment?
Radioembolization, also known as radionuclide therapy, is a non-invasive treatment that delivers special yttrium silicate nanoparticles to tumors. Since it’s minimally invasive and doesn’t require surgery or radiation, radioembolization can be used on patients of all ages. The treatment is approved by Medicare and many private insurance companies.