Regional cancer therapy is an approach to cancer treatment that focuses chemotherapy or radiation therapy in one region or organ. Because regional therapies deliver chemotherapy or radiation to as small an area as possible, the rest of the body is protected from side effects, and higher-dosage treatments can be used.
For some patients, regional therapy can provide better results than traditional chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
Regional cancer therapy, also known as regional perfusion, includes several types of treatments: HIPEC (hyperthermic, or heated, intraperitoneal chemotherapy), chemoembolization, radioembolization and tumor ablation.
New technologies are rapidly improving the effectiveness of regional cancer therapies. These regional therapies usually result in fewer side effects. Your doctor will discuss with you if regional cancer therapy is an appropriate treatment option for you.
At Vanderbilt-Ingram, you don’t have one doctor – you have an entire cancer care team. From your surgeons to your medical oncologists to your interventional radiologists – we work together to develop personalized care plans that meet your needs.
We are experts in the emerging field of regional cancer therapy. Our doctors share their expertise and collaborate as a team to get you the most effective results.
The National Cancer Institute designates us as a Comprehensive Cancer Center, the highest ranking by the world’s leading authority on cancer.
Cancer affects all aspects of your life, and it affects you even after treatments are completed. We offer robust support services – including a survivorship program and an integrative care center – to help you during treatment and in your life after treatment.