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Cayuga Health to Begin Interventional Oncology Program

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Cayuga Health has announced it will be implementing a new program in Interventional Oncology, which will begin with a minimally invasive option for destroying tumors in sensitive tissues which can include the liver, kidneys, and lungs.


A collaboration between Oncology and Interventional Radiology at Cayuga Medical Center has Microwave Ablation (MWA) being offered. Patients initially see their Oncologist to manage their malignancy, and if Oncology feels that ablation is a treatment option for their condition, the patient is referred to Interventional Radiology for MWA.

The Neuwave microwave system is currently used by Cayuga Health and is an alternative to surgery for patients who have soft tissue lesions. Additional benefits other than not requiring surgery is a majority of the procedures only take one to two hours with 5 to 10 minutes of ablation time and low complication rate. This then allows the patient to leave the hospital on the same day as the procedure with only a bandage.

“Adopting this technology demonstrates our ongoing commitment to being at the forefront of seeking new treatments for our community,” says Dr. David Maldow, an Interventional Radiologist with Cayuga Health. “We continually focus on improving clinical outcomes and the quality of life for our patients.”

For any questions, patients are encouraged to speak with their oncologist.

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