Advanced Cancer Treatments
Treating cancer can involve chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery or interventional treatments. The interventional radiologists at Vanguard MacNeal provide a variety of image-guided diagnostics and treatments for cancer, including:
- Core needle and fine-needle aspiration biopsies
- Bone-marrow biopsy
- Chemoembolization for metastatic hepatocellular disease
- Radiofrequency ablation
- Port catheter placement
- Palliative placement of tunneled peritoneal and fluoral catheters
- PEG feeding tubes
- Transcatheter embolization to stop bleeding
- Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty to relieve pain from compression fractures or metastatic disease to the spine
- Placement of IVT filters to intercept blood clots
Radiation Oncology at Vanguard MacNeal
Vanguard MacNeal Hospital's radiation oncology center provides a comprehensive, caring environment for patients needing radiation therapy. The treatment team includes board-certified radiation oncologists, radiation therapists, a radiation oncology nurse and a medical physicist. When radiation is recommended, our radiation oncologists will meet personally with you to address your plan of care and answer any questions.
Many patients receive chemotherapy in addition to radiation therapy. If so, your radiation oncologist will work closely with your medical oncologist to schedule your treatments in a timely, convenient fashion.
No matter what kind of cancer you have, you can be assured your radiation oncologist will choose the technology that will optimize your treatment. Vanguard MacNeal offers a variety of contemporary radiation oncology technologies with enhanced accuracy, reduced radiation and minimal side effects. These includes 3-D conformal radiation therapy (3D-CRT), intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT). Additionally, we have extensive experience providing accelerated partial breast irradiation with balloon brachytherapy.