It’s a new life prolonging alternative for patients diagnosed with liver cancer. Dr. Christopher Conner, a Interventional Radiologist on the medical staff of Lee Health, says the procedure called Y90 is a minimally invasive procedure that uses radiation directly into the tumor. “It’s used for patients that can’t have surgery or can’t have a transplant. Y90 is short for Y90 radio embolization. We actually go through the blood vessels in the groin or the wrist and we actually go into the blood supply of the tumors, delivering a high dose of radioactive micro particles to deliver a high dose of radiation to kill the tumor from the inside.”
Surgeons block the blood supply to the cancer cells and deliver radiation to the tissue while preserving the normal tissue. “Patients handle treatment with Y90 very well. It’s actually very well tolerated with very few side effects,” said Dr. Conner.
The amount of radiation is based on the size of the tumor.
Y90 is used when a cancer either develops in or spreads to the liver. The liver is vital to the body. In many cases protecting the liver can prolong the patient’s life. This procedure was developed in hopes of doing just that.
“After the treatment, we will see a usually a dramatic change in the tumors. They will commonly decrease in size. Sometimes on the follow up imaging they will be completely dead,” said Dr. Conner.
Y90 can also be safely combined with other cancer treatment therapies so patients on chemotherapy don’t have to stop their treatment. “We’re finding more and more patients who are being sent for consideration for this procedure,” said Dr. Conner.
A procedure aimed at extending and improving the quality of life for patients with inoperable liver tumors.
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