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Few people know that a subset of patients with metastatic cancer
can be treated with minimally invasive local therapies. PhD
researcher Ieva Kurilova has analyzed the outcomes of patients
treated with such interventional oncology procedures.
Interventional oncology is a relatively new specialty that uses
minimally invasive techniques under image-guidance (such as CT or
ultrasound) to achieve precise tumor targeting for cancer in
different organs in the body. In selected patients with metastatic
colorectal cancer interventional oncology therapies can help
achieve long-term disease control and improved survival. With
thermal ablation, for example, physicians can use special
electrodes through the skin to apply heat and destroy the tumor. Or
they can use radioembolization, by injecting very small radioactive
particles in the tumor vessels that irradiate the tumor cells
internally and kill them. Ieva will defend her thesis on July
7th. Good luck Ieva!
PhD defense (online): Maastricht University, 7 July at 14:00 -