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Interventional Radiology at Chilton: A New Image in Cancer Treatment

Interventional Radiology at Chilton:
A New Image in Cancer Treatment
By Ross Mondshine, MD

Recent decades have brought forth a myriad of cancer innovations, but perhaps no specialty has had a more dramatic impact than Interventional Radiology. In fact, in many ways, the field has revolutionized the way we approach cancer diagnosis and therapy, as well as other diseases, by offering patients a broader range of options in their care. 

I am delighted to bring these advances to Chilton Medical Center - and our community - as a new member of the Medical Staff. As a board certified interventional radiologist, I am trained to perform image-guided procedures that are less invasive and often more effective than conventional methods, significantly reducing recovery times and risk of complications while also improving patient outcomes.

Among these breakthroughs is a new type of cancer treatment called chemoembolization. Primarily used for treating liver cancers, this method allows physicians to deliver large doses of chemotherapy into the blood vessels that feed the cancerous tumor, ultimately containing or destroying the tumor while preserving normal liver tissue. Patients are typically admitted to the hospital overnight and are discharged the following day. Chemoembolization has been proven to successfully treat liver cancer and prolong survival for individuals waiting for liver transplants.

Similar techniques are also beneficial to those with metastatic cancer, including kidney cancer patients who choose to avoid surgery. Using ultrasound or CT guidance, thermal energy is precisely delivered to the tumor, killing the cancer cells.

Additionally, interventional radiologic procedures are commonly used for cancer diagnosis. Image-guided biopsies allow physicians to locate suspicious tumors and extract cells without disrupting healthy tissue. This approach offers an alternative to open surgery, involving less pain and faster recuperation.

Interventional Radiology has also played a critical role for dialysis patients, allowing the accurate placement of catheters as well as treatment for stenosis, a complication associated with fistulas, grafts and other foreign objects inserted into the veins. Interventional procedures can alleviate stenosis by removing blood clots and restoring proper blood flow so hemodialysis can proceed.

Furthermore, image-guided procedures are beneficial to patients with gastrointestinal problems. A technique called percutaneous cholangiography is used to treat biliary disease, whereby the radiologist drains abdominal abscesses in patients who are unable to eat or maintain proper nutrition. This procedure provides another option in care when standard therapies fail, while also offering a less invasive alternative to surgical drainage.

These procedures represent a small sample of the cutting edge techniques now available to residents of our community. I look forward to expanding this specialty at Chilton and working with my colleagues to provide first-class medical care.

To make an appointment with Dr. Mondshine, please call (973) 831-5088.


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