St. Vincent Hospital Touts New Treatment
(wibc.com photo by Mike Corbin)
An Indiana man says he's lucky to be alive following a new treatment for patients with liver cancer that has spread from other organs.
Grant E. Stafford says he feels great after undergoing microspheres therapy at St. Vincent Hospital earlier this year. Dr. Brandon Martinez says it's a minimally-invasive, outpatient procedure that uses millions of radio-active "microspheres" that target tumors they aren't able to surgically remove. Dr. Martinez says St. Vincent recently began using the procedure to great success. He says he's performed the procedure dozens of times. He says the microspheres are infused through a catheter to the liver.
Generally, the treatment is for those who've had cancer that started in another organ, but then spread to the liver. Martinez says the procedure has minimal side effects, no loss of hair or vomiting as with other treatments. He says the procedure shrinks liver tumors more than chemotherapy alone. He adds that liver cancer is often fatal with up to 90% of patients dying from liver failure, but microspheres therapy is saving lives.