Cancer and Palliative Therapies

Clinical Services: Interventional Radiology
Upper East Side
525 East 68th Street
New York, NY 10021
(646) 962-0941
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Upper East Side
1283 York Avenue, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10065
(646) 962-0941
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Upper West Side
2315 Broadway, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10024
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Understanding your cancer treatment or palliative therapy options can be scary and overwhelming. The interventional radiologists at Weill Cornell Medicine are here to support you from your initial diagnosis throughout your treatment. We play a vital role in your care team, helping to ensure optimal results and minimize complications.

We are especially skilled in minimally invasive cancer therapies. These treatments are used as an alternative to traditional surgery and are increasingly being used in the management of cancer.

Using advanced medical imaging to help guide procedures, our team of interventional radiologists can diagnose and treat many types of cancers, as well as provide relief from cancer symptoms. Our doctors use tools, such as catheters (thin tubing) and needles, to treat a large variety of medical conditions that would have required surgery in the past.

Why Choose Weill Cornell Medicine?

National leader in comprehensive cancer care: Our highly trained interventional radiologists are the first in the region to be able to offer care that encompasses screening, diagnosis, treatment and recovery care for cancer. All procedures are performed with leading diagnostic and medical imaging technology, which enhances visualization of the body and promotes better outcomes.

Convenient, individualized care: Our physicians offer personalized care, tailoring your treatment to your medical history, lifestyle and wellness goals. We are especially skilled in minimally invasive procedures, which eliminate the need for open surgery and allow for shorter and less painful recovery times.

As a patient, you will receive around-the-clock coverage, as well as access to in-person, video or phone consultations. We strive to get our patients in quickly with minimal wait time.

Multidisciplinary care from leading experts: When you choose Weill Cornell Medicine, you have access to a network of doctors and specialists. Your interventional radiologist may consult with experts in pathology, oncology, urology, surgery and other medical professionals as needed. Thus, we can offer our patients comprehensive, multidisciplinary care.

Weill Cornell Medicine partners with NewYork-Presbyterian, one of the top hospital systems in New York City and the U.S.

Conditions We Treat

Our team helps patients suffering from cancer, including:

●      Lung tumors

●      Tumors of the thyroid, chest wall and chest cavity

●      Metastatic cancers

●      Cardiac (heart) tumor

●      Kidney tumors and tumors

●      Prostate tumor

●      Bone tumor

Cancer Diagnoses and Treatments by Leading Experts

At Weill Cornell Medicine, our team offers the most advanced and comprehensive techniques available to diagnose, treat, as well as to support cancer and surgical treatments.

Cancer screening: Our multidisciplinary team of interventional radiologists, pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons, oncologists, radiologists and other specialists collaborate to provide the highest level of cancer screenings.

Percutaneous (through the skin) lung and tissue biopsies: Often a same-day procedure, these biopsies use advanced image guidance (CT, ultrasound, X-Ray or MRI) to take a small sample of tissue for diagnosis and to guide therapy.

Port placement: Often referred to as an artificial vein, this refers to the placement of a small device in the chest. This allows doctors to administer treatments, such as chemotherapy, directly into the bloodstream without the risk of damage to the veins in the arm.

Fiducial marker placement: Fiducial marker placement uses image guidance to place small markers in or near a tumor in preparation for radiation therapy or surgery. The markers help pinpoint the tumor's location with greater accuracy.

Pain injections and ablations: Injection of short- or long-acting medication into the intercostal nerve can reduce postoperative pain after lung surgery. Thermal ablation of tumors can also reduce pain caused by tumors.

Thermal ablation: Thermal ablation is a procedure in which doctors place a needle into a tumor to burn or freeze it. This technique is often recommended to those with cancer who are too sick to undergo surgery.

Thermal ablation refers to the following types of techniques:

●      Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA): This procedure uses high-frequency electrical currents to create heat to destroy cancer cells.

●      Microwave Ablation (MWA): This procedure uses microwaves to heat and destroy tumors. Like RFA, it is typically used to treat early-stage cancer and tumors that have spread to the lung from other parts of the body

●      Cryoablation: This procedure entails placing a probe into the target tissue and creates an ice ball around the tissue to destroy it. It is typically used to treat primary cancer and metastasis. It is also frequently used to treat pain related to metastasis.

Lymphangiography and thoracic duct embolization: Cancer can occasionally cause leaks in the lymphatic channels causing a buildup of fluid in the lungs. This procedure can identify that leak and fix it with just a few needles.

Arterial and venous embolization: Cancers can occasionally invade blood vessels causing bleeding. This procedure entails placing a small catheter into these vessels to deliver metal coils or particles to stop the bleeding.

Weill Cornell Medicine uses the most advanced imaging techniques, including ultrasound, CT or MRI scans, to improve the accuracy of cancer therapies. During these procedures, our doctors carefully watch images to precisely target the cancer and minimize damage to healthy tissues.

Palliative Therapies

Palliative care is an approach to medical care focusing on improving the patient’s quality of life. This care promotes comfort and well-being while living with life-threatening diseases,

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Whether you visit us virtually through a video visit or you see us in person, you can be assured that we will deliver the highest standards of care with compassion.  

Meet Our Physicians

The physicians at the Weill Cornell Medicine Department of Interventional Radiology offer patients the highest level of safety and care. As a top-ranked academic medical center, you have access to our extensive network of specialists who provide seamless care throughout your treatment — to promote long-term physical and mental health.