A New Cancer Treatment That's Painless, Brings Hope To Patients With Liver Tumors

A New Cancer Treatment That's Painless, Brings Hope To Patients With Liver Tumors

Midland Memorial Hospital unveils a groundbreaking new treatment.
MIDLAND, TX (Local Big 2 News) -- Midland Memorial Hospital unveils a groundbreaking new cancer treatment. It's not an alternative to chemotherapy, but it can pro-long a patient's life.

No incisions, no recovery time, no pain.

"The patients are put into a very relaxed state, they're not exactly asleep, they're very comfortable," said Interventional Radiologist Dr. William Thompson.

It's a new therapy treatment.

"A new tool to help improve their lives and to extend their lives as well," said Thompson.

Microscopic beads expected to kick out cancer. Interventional Radiologist Dr. William Thompson tells me how it works.

"We can deliver the radiation inside the tumor as opposed to passing radiation through the body," said Thompson.

The two-part procedure helps those with liver tumors.

"They don't have the usual side effects that you might see with Chemotherapy," said Thompson.

Stage one, called mapping, involves 3-D imaging, where physicians take a closer look at the patients arteries, and two or three weeks later, "They come back for the second phase," said Thompson.

Which delivers radiation.

"One of the benefits of this procedure is that it's very well tolerated," said Thompson.

And it also helps surgeons along the way.

"We can shrink a tumor down to where they can actually take it out," said Thompson.

But it's important to note, not everyone is a candidate but for those who are, the cost of treatment isn't anymore than, "Traditional Chemotherapy," said Thompson.

And this new treatment proves to have long-lasting effects.

"We have improved survival of cancer that goes through the liver from just a few months to over a year now," said Thompson.
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