Radiation Therapy and CyberKnife® - Kirby Glen - St. Luke's Health - Houston, TX
2491 S Braeswood Blvd
, TX 77030
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Services We Offer
CT Body Imaging
CT (computerized tomography) body imaging is a diagnostic tool that provides a detailed look at the organs of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis. CT body imaging provides detailed views from many angles and cross-sections of the organs, bones, and soft tissues, and blood vessels, and often incorporates contrast dye to narrow in on a specific area.
CT Neuro Imaging
Computerized tomography (CT) neuro imaging is a diagnostic tool that provides detailed views of the brain from many angles and in specific “slices” throughout. CT brain scans are used to detect and monitor injuries, tumors, and brain diseases, often with the assistance of contrast dye.
Liver and kidney biopsies are diagnostic procedures performed by removing a small piece of organ tissue for evaluation, typically with the use of a biopsy needle. The biopsied tissue can be closely examined to determine the presence and/or severity of liver or kidney disease.
Thyroid/Lymph Node Biopsies
Thyroid/lymph node biopsies are minimally invasive diagnostic procedures that use a fine needle to remove a small sample of tissue or cells from the thyroid gland or lymph nodes for examination in a lab. Typically, these biopsies are used to determine the presence or progression of cancer.
Abscess/Fluid Collection Drainages
A minimally invasive diagnostic procedure to remove infected fluid from the body, most commonly in the abdomen or pelvis. During the procedure, an interventional radiologist uses imaging guidance to insert a thin needle or catheter into the affected area to drain the abscess fluid.
Biliary interventions are minimally invasive procedures performed to open or unblock bile ducts. Bile ducts refer to the passageway (that digestive fluid flows through) between the liver and gallbladder. When these ducts become narrowed or blocked, bile cannot pass into the small intestine, resulting in infection.
Carotid/cerebral angiograms are diagnostic procedures that utilize contrast dye and X-ray imaging to closely examine the carotid arteries, which carry blood to the brain, and the blood vessels of the brain. They are used to spot any narrowing or other abnormalities that present high risk for aneurysms or strokes.
A catheter angiography is a diagnostic/treatment procedure that generates imaging of the blood vessels. A thin, flexible tube (catheter) inserted through a limb or the groin is used to inject contrast dye that allows the blood vessels to show up in detailed X-ray imaging, revealing blockages, aneurysms, and other abnormalities.
Catheter Directed Thrombolysis
Catheter directed thrombolysis is a nonsurgical method of treating blood clots. Often used in cases of deep vein thrombosis, which can cause pulmonary embolism, the procedure involves inserting and running a catheter to the clot-affected area and, through it, injecting clot-dissolving medicine or removing it by suction if necessary.
Coil Occlusion of Aneurysms
Coil occlusion of aneurysms is a minimally invasive procedure to treat cerebral (brain) aneurysms. A catheter is used to insert tiny, platinum coils into the aneurysm, blocking more blood from entering the aneurysm. Coil occlusion is most often used to treat unruptured aneurysms.
A musculoskeletal CT (computerized tomography) is a diagnostic imaging tool that provides detailed views of the bones, joints, muscles, and ligaments, and is used to detect muscle and bone damage and diagnose conditions such as osteoporosis, osteopenia, bone cancer, muscular dystrophy, and tendinitis.
Dialysis and Fistula Declotting and Interventions
Dialysis and fistula declotting and interventions use angioplasty and stenting procedures to open up narrowed blood vessels and improve blood flow in patients receiving kidney dialysis. Dialysis requires a fistula and graft to grant the doctor access to the blood vessels to withdraw and replace the blood being treated, and these may become blocked or narrowed.
Embolization of Bleeding, Tumors & Vascular Lesions
Embolization of bleeding, tumors, and vascular lesions is a procedure used to stop internal/arterial bleeding, as well as to cut off blood supply to (and thus shrink) tumors and aneurysms. Embolization is performed by inserting blocking materials (e.g., small metal coils) through a catheter.
Extracranial and Intracranial Angioplasty
Extracranial and intracranial angioplasty is a treatment for the narrowing or blocking (stenosis) of the carotid artery — extracranial when it’s outside the skull, intracranial when it’s inside the skull. Angioplasty (with or without stenting) is a minimally invasive procedure to widen/open blocked blood vessels.
Inferior Vena Filter Placement and Removal
Inferior vena filter placement and removal are procedures involving a small device (filter) in the inferior vena cava (IVC) in order to prevent blood clots, particularly deep vein thromboses, from traveling to the lungs. The IVC is located in the abdomen and carries blood from the lower body (e.g., legs and pelvis) back to the heart.
Interventional Treatment of Arteriovenous Malformations of the Brain and Spine
Interventions for arteriovenous malformations (abnormal connections between veins and arteries) of the brain and spine include endovascular coiling/embolization, surgical resection, and stereotactic radiosurgery, depending on the location of the malformation and whether it is ruptured or unruptured.
Paracentesis and thoracentesis are procedures used to remove built-up fluid from the body, often caused by cancer or infection. A paracentesis removes fluid from the (peritoneal) abdominal cavity. A thoracentesis removes excess fluid from the pleural cavity, between the lungs and the chest wall.
Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt (TIPS)
Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) is a procedure to treat portal hypertension (high blood pressure at the liver). With X-ray imaging guidance, a small metal coil is placed in the portal vein to the liver, holding it open to keep a clear channel for blood flow and reduce blood pressure.
Uterine Fibroid Embolization
Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a minimally invasive, nonsurgical treatment for uterine fibroids that preserves the uterus. UFE is a radiological procedure that uses a catheter and contrast dye to direct small polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) particles into the fibroids to block blood flow and therefore deprive them of nutrients, shrinking them.
Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are minimally invasive procedures that treat vertebral compression fractures in the spine, often the result of osteoporosis, by injecting bone cement into the vertebra. In kyphoplasty, a balloon first creates space in the center of the vertebra to restore height, which is then filled with bone cement. Both are guided by radiology and contrast dye.
Radiofrequency (RFA) Tumor Ablation
Radiofrequency ablation is one of the most common ablation methods for small tumors. It uses high-energy radio waves. The doctor inserts a thin, needle-like probe into the tumor through the skin. A high-frequency current is then passed through the tip of the probe, which heats the tumor and destroys the cancer cells.
Transcatheter Arterial Chemoembolization (TACE)
Transarterial chemoembolization or TACE places chemotherapy and synthetic materials called embolic agents into a blood vessel feeding a cancerous tumor to cut off the tumor's blood supply and trap the chemotherapy within the tumor. It is most often used to treat liver cancer but may also be used in patients whose cancer has spread to other areas of the body. Chemoembolization may be used as a standalone treatment or in combination with surgery, ablation, chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
Angioplasty and Vascular Stenting
Angioplasty is a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which a catheter with a small balloon on the tip is inserted into a blocked blood vessel to widen the artery and restore blood flow. Sometimes angioplasty requires the placement of a stent (a metal mesh tube) in the artery to help keep it open permanently.
Biotherapy (also referred to and immunotherapy) is a type of treatment that uses substances derived from living organisms to help stimulate the body’s immune system and fight off infection and disease. Biotherapy is often used to treat various types of cancer by attacking cancerous cells and preventing them from spreading.
Colectomy is a surgical procedure to remove all or part of the colon, which is part of the large intestine, in order to treat diseases such as Crohn’s Disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, and (early stage) colon cancer. Depending on the case, it may be performed as open or laparoscopic surgery.
CyberKnife is a highly advanced, robotic form of delivering radiation therapy in an outpatient setting. It is noninvasive, painless, and extremely targeted, delivering high doses of radiation to tumors with minimal effect for healthy, surrounding tissue. Because of its precision, CyberKnife can treat tumors in any part of the body, and offers rapid relief.
Endoscopic Mucosal Resection
An endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) surgery removes abnormal, precancerous, or early-stage cancer tissue from the lining (mucous) of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, such as the esophagus and colon. The procedure uses an endoscope tube and does not require an incision.
Gamma Knife surgery is a highly precise, painless radiation therapy that — without any incision — uses a computer to direct strong, targeted gamma rays (radiation) to the brain. Gamma Knife surgery is used to treat tumors, nerve issues, vascular malformations, and other lesions in the brain without damaging healthy brain tissue.
Hepatic Artery Embolization (TAE, TACE, and SIRT)
Hepatic artery embolization is a therapy to treat liver cancer that works by blocking the blood flow to liver tumors (which happens via the hepatic artery). The procedure may involve a trans-arterial embolization (TAE), trans-arterial chemoembolization (TACE), or selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT).
A lobectomy is a major, open surgery to remove one of the (five total) lobes, or sections, of the lungs. A lobectomy is called for when one section of the lung is diseased — such as with lung cancer or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease — in order to protect and leave intact the remaining healthy tissue.
Minimally Invasive Procedures
Minimally invasive surgery is a surgical procedure that is performed using tiny instruments through a small incision, rather than through a larger opening. This form of surgery offers the same benefits of open surgery, but results in a quicker operation, less pain, and a shorter healing time.
New Chemotherapeutic Agents
Chemotherapeutic agents are anti-cancer drugs — categorized primarily as alkylating agents, plant alkaloids, antimetabolites, and antitumor antibiotics — that work by disrupting specific aspects of the production of new cells. New chemotherapeutic agents are consistently being researched and approved for use.
Palliative care is medical care that does not treat the root cause of symptoms, but instead works to improve quality of life and comfort for patients with serious or chronic illness by managing its side effects and symptoms. Palliative care may include medication, but also includes emotional/social support and ways to improve well-being with nutrition, relaxation, and stress relief.
A pancreatectomy is surgery to remove all or part of the pancreas, and it is performed to treat pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis, and may be open or laparoscopic. Depending on the condition, procedures include: total pancreatectomy, removing the entire pancreas; distal pancreatectomy, removing the tail and body; and central pancreatectomy, removing the body of the pancreas.
Pancreaticoduodenectomy (also called a Whipple procedure) is a common surgery to treat pancreatic cancer. The procedure removes the head of the pancreas (where most pancreatic cancer occurs) as well as the duodenum, bile duct, and, in some instances, part of the stomach.
Partial Hepatectomy or Liver Resection
A partial hepatectomy (partial liver resection) is a surgery that removes part of the liver. It is performed to treat liver cancer, or colorectal cancer that has spread to the liver, by removing the tumor(s) and affected tissue to stop its spread. Because the liver is an essential organ, the remaining portion must be healthy enough to support the patient.
Peptide Receptor Radionuclide Therapy (PRRT)
Peptide receptor radionuclide therapy (PRRT) is a systemic molecular therapy to treat neuroendocrine tumors (which develop in the stomach, pancreas, and intestines) with strong doses of highly targeted radiation. PRRT generally has fewer side effects than chemotherapy, and is administered over four sessions.
A pneumonectomy is a surgery to remove an entire lung. Pneumonectomies are primarily performed to treat lung cancer in cases when the location and/or spread of the tumors doesn’t allow for a partial tissue removal, as well as to treat traumatic lung injuries, tuberculosis, advanced lung diseases, and severe infections. The remaining lung must be healthy enough to support respirator function.
A polypectomy is a surgery to remove polyps, most often from the colon or endometrial tissue of the uterus. The procedure can be performed endoscopically (e.g., during a colonoscopy) or as open surgery. The removed polyp(s) will be examined to determine if they are benign, precancerous, or cancerous, and further treatment is decided accordingly.
While there is no way to definitively prevent breast cancer, there are preventative measures for lifestyle and environmental risk factors, such as exercise, a healthy diet, and avoiding smoking. Depending on one’s genetic risk factors, risk-reducing surgery may also be a preventative measure to consider.
Radiation therapy, also known as radiotherapy, is the use of high doses of radiation to kill off cancer cells and cause tumors to shrink. In most cases, the radiation used is X-rays, although other types of radiation can be used. Radiation therapy is most often delivered externally, but can also be used internally.
Radioactive Seed Localization (RSL)
Radioactive seed localization (RSL) is a highly targeted and accurate way to locate breast tumors for removal, especially for small and otherwise hard-to-remove tumors. A small metal seed is placed in the abnormal tissue with the use of mammography, and the seed and surrounding tissue is removed during surgery.
Standard chemotherapy is a class of drugs used to treat cancer. All work by targeting a specific aspect of the cell cycle, i.e., the formation of new cells. They carry side effects because they cannot distinguish between cancer and non-cancer cells, and are often used in combination with other treatments.
Stem Cell Transplant
Stem cell transplants (also called bone marrow transplants) treat certain types of cancer. Healthy stem cells are constantly dividing, and can become platelets, white blood cells, or red blood cells — whichever type the body needs. They are necessary to live, but also are often destroyed by cancer and/or cancer treatment. Stem cell transplants can use the patient’s or a donor’s stem cells.
Targeted therapy treats cancer using highly specific, powerful radiation, with less damage to healthy tissue and fewer side effects than chemotherapy. Procedures include external beam radiotherapy, which directs high-energy beams to a specific area on the body, and peptide receptor radionuclide therapy (PRRT), a systemic molecular therapy to treat neuroendocrine tumors.
A lung transplant is a surgery to replace a person’s failing or diseased lung(s) with the healthy lung(s) of an organ donor. Lung transplantation is generally performed in cases of advanced lung diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, and pulmonary hypertension.
Breast Cancer Surgery
Breast cancer surgery is often part of a breast cancer treatment plan. The operation removes the cancer, and depending on individual medical history and cancer stage, may be a breast-conserving surgery, where only a segment of tissue is removed (e.g., partial mastectomy or lumpectomy) or a mastectomy, where the full breast(s) are removed.
Prostatectomy is a surgical procedure that removes all or part of the prostate gland. A radical prostatectomy (the most common) is generally called for as treatment for prostate cancer, while a simple prostatectomy may be used to treat issues of the urinary tract and/or enlarged prostate. The procedure is generally minimally invasive, often with robotic assistance.
Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery
Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) is a minimally invasive procedure to diagnose and treat conditions of the chest and lungs with a thin endoscopic tube (thoracoscope) inserted through a small incision between the ribs. Examples of VATS are wedge resections and lung biopsies.
Endoluminal Stent Placement
Endoluminal stent placement is a minimally invasive, endoscopic surgery to treat blockages in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract — often in the esophagus, colon, bile duct, or bowel — through the placement of a small tube, or stent. Endoluminal stents are often used to treat liver and GI diseases.
Tumor removal (resection or excision) is a common surgery used to treat cancer by physically removing the tumor and adjacent tissue from the body. Depending on the type and location of the tumor(s), tumor removal surgery may be open or minimally invasive. Tumors that cannot be physically removed are treated with other methods.
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