Summary: A free seminar on multidisciplinary treatments for liver tumors will be presented by three physicians at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at The Wellness House, 131 N. County Line Road, Hinsdale. Complimentary refreshments will be provided. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 877-937-7478 or visit www.beatlivertumors.org.
Hinsdale – The liver is the largest solid organ in the human body. Weighing about three pounds, this football-sized mass has more than 200 functions, including filtering blood, detoxifying chemicals and processing all the food we eat.
An estimated 29,000 new cases of primary liver cancer and intrahepatic bile duct cancer will be diagnosed in the United States in 2012, according to the American Cancer Society.
“Above other organs, the liver tends to be the one that affects many cancer patients’ survival the most,” said Dr. Michael Sichlau, an interventional radiologist who treats patients at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. “But new minimally invasive procedures available today provide new hope to patients whose cancer was once thought to be incurable.”
Sichlau is one of three physicians presenting a free lecture on multidisciplinary treatments for liver tumors at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at The Wellness House, 131 N. County Line Road, Hinsdale. Complimentary refreshments will be provided. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 877-937-7478 or visit www.beatlivertumors.org.
Sichlau will be joined by medical oncologist Dr. Donald Sweet and surgical oncologist Dr. Malcolm Bilimoria. The program is sponsored in part by Adventist Midwest Health.
Adventist Cancer Institute offers a unique therapy called Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT), which delivers tiny radioactive beads, or microspheres, directly to the liver tumor. The procedure, also known as yttrium-90 (Y-90), is performed by an interventional radiologist, who works directly with the patient's oncologist throughout this course of treatment. This therapy can be performed in conjunction with traditional cancer therapies.
SIRT is tailored to the patient’s needs based on whether the cancer starts in the liver – such as hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common form of primary liver cancer – or has migrated to the liver from another location, known as metastatic or secondary liver cancer.
During the procedure, a catheter is guided through an artery into the liver and millions of microscopic spheres – about a third of the width of a human hair – are delivered directly into the tumor. The microspheres target the liver tumors with a cancer-killing dose of radiation while sparing surrounding healthy liver tissue, something not typically possible with conventional external beam radiation.
The entire procedure takes about 90 minutes. Patients will be sleepy during the procedure but able to communicate with the doctor and the team. Most patients return home four to six hours following treatment. Often, the procedure either reduces or eliminates liver tumors and the accompanying pain after just one treatment.
For more information, visit http://www.keepingyouwell.com/CareServices/CancerCare/LiverCancer.aspx.
Adventist Midwest Health, part of Adventist Health System, includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.
Physicians on the medical staff of Adventist Midwest Health Hospitals are independent contractors, and are not agents of the hospitals.