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Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT) for liver tumors
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Abbott Northwestern Hospital’s Virginia Piper Cancer Institute announced that it has begun utilizing a new treatment for patients suffering from certain types of liver cancer. The treatment, Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT), uses microspheres (SIR® - Spheres) to carry yttrium-90, a radioactive element, through the bloodstream directly to tumors in the liver.
SIRT is conducted under local sedation similar to a heart catheterization. A small incision is made in the groin and a flexible catheter is guided into the liver. This allows for targeted infusion of the SIR-Spheres to the liver tumors. The entire procedure lasts about an hour from beginning to end and is usually done as an outpatient.
Who is eligible?
Patients suitable for treatment with SIR-Spheres: