Are you a Candidate?

Optimal cancer care is a team approach that includes not only the Interventional Radiologist, but the Oncologist and the Primary Care Physician. We recommend tumor ablation for patients with the following clinical presentations:

Lung Cancer:

  • Stage I primary lung cancer, if the patient is ineligible for surgery usually because of emphysema or severe heart disease.
  • Limited metastatic disease to the lungs usually involving four or fewer lesions, each less than 4 cm. Tumor ablation may also be used in combination with radiation therapy.

Liver Cancer:

  • Primary liver cancer (less than 4 cm) or limited metastatic disease with four or fewer liver lesions in patients who are not surgical candidates.
  • Patients with cirrhosis and Hepatocellular cancer with less than 4 lesions, each less than 4 cm.
  • Patients with limited metastatic liver disease with no cirrhosis.

Kidney Cancer:

  • Kidney cancers 4 cm or smaller on the peripheral margins of the kidney in patients who are not surgical candidates.
  • Patients with multi focal renal cell cancer.
  • Patients with one remaining kidney in which tumor is present.

Bone Cancer:

  • Treatment of painful bone metastasis in patients unresponsive to either chemotherapy or radiation therapy. In this situation, tumor ablation is not a cure but can potentially reduce pain (often within 24 hours) and the need for narcotic therapy. (Includes metastatic disease to the ribs)
  • Primary therapy for osteoid osteoma.

Cancers which are NOT treatable with tumor ablation:

  • Breast Cancer - Surgery remains the Standard of Care
  • Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Lymphoma
  • Liver tumors of the central bile duct, Klatskin tumors
  • Primary tumors of the pancreas

For more information or to schedule a consultation, please call 310-423-8694.

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Tumor Ablation procedure Information at the S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center

Why Choose the S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center for Tumor Ablation?

The S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center provides a full range of advanced imaging, both radiology and cardiology, as well as interventional radiology and interventional tumor (oncology) treatments to the greater Los Angeles area, including Beverly Hills, Encino, Mid-Cities, Sherman Oaks, Silver Lake, Studio City, Toluca Lake, and West Hollywood.  

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