Tumor embolization is a minimally invasive procedure that blocks blood supply to tumors. This procedure, at which our interventional radiologists are experts, is used to treat cancer.
First, an interventional radiologist performs an angiogram to identify the blood supply to the tumor. Then a small tube (catheter) is passed through the blood vessels into the artery that feeds the tumor under fluoroscopic guidance. The radiologist then injects a substance into the vessel feeding the tumor. These substances (particles, glue, chemotherapy, radiation beads, alcohol, and/or metallic coils) block the blood supply and kill the tumor.
Tumor embolization is performed for many types of benign, malignant, and metastatic tumors, and our interventional radiologists work in collaboration with oncologists and surgical oncologists from UT Southwestern’s Simmons Cancer Center.
We specialize in treating tumors using the following procedures:
To meet with an interventional radiologist at UT Southwestern's facilities in Dallas, or for more information about our services, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.