Advanced Colorectal Cancer Treatments

Advanced colorectal cancer can spread to other areas of your body, most often to your liver and lungs. Aurora Cancer Care offers specialized treatment options such as:

Clinical Trials

Because Aurora is on the leading edge of cancer care, we participate in national clinical trials of new drugs and treatments that promise to significantly advance the fight against cancers affecting all parts of the body.

Interventional Radiology

Specialized radiologists are able to provide treatment options for colorectal cancer that has spread to the liver such as:

Therasphere: This highly innovative new treatment uses tiny glass beads called microspheres to deliver radiation directly to tumors in your liver. These beads are injected through a catheter from the groin into the liver artery supplying the tumor. It allows radiation to be concentrated to the metastatic colorectal cancer tumor, sparing surrounding healthy tissue.

Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA): RFA is a nonsurgical, local treatment that kills tumor cells with heat. Your interventional radiologist guides a small needle through your skin into the tumor. From the tip of the needle, radiofrequency energy (similar to microwaves) is transmitted to the tip of the needle, where it produces heat in the tissue.

Chemoembolization: Chemoembolization delivers a high dose of cancer-killing drug (chemotherapy) directly to the liver while depriving the tumor of its blood supply by blocking or embolizing the arteries feeding the tumor. Using imaging for guidance, your interventional radiologist threads a tiny catheter up the femoral artery in your groin into the blood vessels supplying the liver tumor. The embolic agents keep the chemotherapy drug in the tumor by blocking the flow to other areas of your body. This allows for a higher dose of chemotherapy drug to be used. It also means less of the drug is able to circulate to the healthy cells in your body.

Cryoablation: Cryoablation freezes your tumor through a probe inserted through your skin. Rather than killing yourtumor with heat like RFA, cryoablation uses an extremely cold gas to freeze it.

Metastatic Liver Disease Management

Surgical Resection

When appropriate, specialized surgeons surgically remove tumors that have spread to your liver from the colon cancer. New techniques and technology have improved blood loss and survival.

Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)

RFA is a local treatment that kills tumor cells with heat. This can be done by inserting a small needle through your skin (percutaneous) into your tumor. From the tip of the needle, radiofrequency energy (similar to microwaves) is transmitted to the tip of the needle, where it produces heat in the tissue. RFA can also be given through a laparoscopic or open surgical approach.

Hepatic Artery Infusion Pumps

This type of implantable infusion pump delivers chemotherapy through the hepatic artery (blood vessel supplying blood flow to the liver) directly to your liver.

Chemoembolization

Chemoembolization delivers a high dose of cancer-killing drug (chemotherapy) directly to your liver while depriving the tumor of its blood supply by blocking, or embolizing the arteries feeding the tumor. Using imaging for guidance, your interventional radiologist threads a tiny catheter upyour femoral artery in your groin into the blood vessels supplying the liver tumor. The embolic agents keep the chemotherapy drug in the tumor by blocking the flow to other areas of your body. This allows for a higher dose of chemotherapy drug to be used because less of the drug is able to circulate to the healthy cells in your body.

Therasphere

This highly innovative new treatment uses tiny glass beads called microspheres to deliver radiation directly to tumors in your liver. These beads are injected through a catheter from your groin into your liver artery supplying the tumor. It allows radiation to be concentrated to the metastatic colorectal cancer tumor, while at the same time sparing your surrounding healthy tissue.

Cryoablation

Cryoablation freezes your tumor through a probe inserted through your skin. Rather than killing the tumor with heat like RFA, cryoablation uses an extremely cold gas to freeze it.