What is cancer?
Cancer is a specific type of abnormal growth of tissue, known as a “malignant” tumor, which grows at a fast rate and can invade neighboring healthy tissue. Tumors can also be “benign,” which means they grow at a slower rate and do not spread to the nearby healthy tissue. But when they occur in the malignant form, they are known as cancers.
A variety of factors contribute to development of cancer, including genetics, age, tobacco use and ethnic factors. A common method to determine whether a tumor is malignant is through tissue biopsy.
Interventional radiologists are board-certified physicians who deliver minimally invasive treatments with less risk, less pain and less recovery time than traditional surgery to treat cancers. The minimally invasive treatments listed below are treatment options for people who are not candidates for surgical treatments, those who don’t want surgery and individuals whose cancer did not respond to cancer drugs.