Newswise — Red Bank, NJ – November 1, 2017 – Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center is pleased to announce that it now offers Y-90 radioembolization, an innovative and minimally invasive method to treat liver tumors without surgery. It is used to treat patients with primary liver cancer or metastatic colon cancer who are not surgical candidates, and is beneficial because it directly targets the tumor, helping to minimize radiation damage to healthy surrounding tissue.
Y-90 radioembolization, a combination of embolization and radiation therapy, delivers millions of tiny radioactive beads directly to liver tumors. An interventional radiologist makes a small incision in the groin, inserts a catheter and guides it through the blood vessels into the hepatic artery, which supplies the liver.
“This minimally invasive and very precise procedure has been shown to improve patients’ quality of life and increase their life expectancy,” says Nicholas Perosi, M.D., medical director of diagnostic imaging at Riverview Medical Center. “The technology allows us to treat a very difficult disease with minimally invasive methods.”
In addition to delivering radiation directly into the tumor, Y-90 radioembolization therapy safely allows for larger doses to be delivered, more so than with conventional external beam radiotherapies. Patients are discharged within four to six hours after this outpatient procedure and may resume their normal activities within two to three days after treatment.
“At Riverview, we are constantly adopting new technologies and procedures that will benefit our patients,” says Timothy J. Hogan, FACHE, president of Riverview Medical Center and Bayshore Medical Center. “We have an incredible team providing this service and I am proud of them for bringing it to Riverview and to our community.”
For more information on Y-90 radioembolization treatment and other services offered within the Interventional Radiology Department at Riverview Medical Center, please call 732-530-2318.
About Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center
Riverview Medical Center is a 492-bed not-for-profit community hospital located on the Navesink River in Red Bank, New Jersey. Riverview Medical Center provides health care programs and services in all major medical disciplines including: maternity, surgical services, emergency and critical cancer services. Riverview’s Cancer Care Center offers comprehensive cancer services close to home, while Riverview’s Jane H. Booker Women and Children’s Center combines expertise and convenience to address preventative health, diagnosis, treatment, and support for women of all ages. Riverview Rehabilitation Center is Monmouth County’s only fully-accredited inpatient rehabilitation facility, and Riverview Medical Center is a designated Primary Stroke Center and has also maintained prestigious Magnet designation for Nursing Excellence since 1998. Riverview Medical Center is the only hospital in the region with the groundbreaking CyberKnife® system, offering new hope for patients with inaccessible or inoperable tumors. For more information about Riverview Medical Center and Hackensack Meridian Health, please call 1-800-DOCTORS or visit www.riverviewmedicalcenter.com.