Dr. Wittenberg recently had the opportunity to speak at the Colorectal Cancer Patient and Survivorship Symposium. It took place on March 22, 2014 and was attended by over 150 patients with colon cancer and survivors. The seminar was an opportunity for leaders in different medical specialties to share cutting-edge treatments and coping strategies to those most affected by colorectal cancer.
Some of the topics that Dr. Wittenberg spoke about include:
- Y-90 Radioembolization – a procedure in which a catheter is placed into the artery supplying blood to tumors spread to the liver, and radioactive particles are injected that specifically target the cancer tissue.
- Microwave Ablation – a procedure in which a small probe is inserted through the skin into a liver tumor, and then heat is used to kill the tumor cells with microwave energy.
- Radiofrequency Ablation – a similar procedure that uses a probe through the skin to generate radiofrequency energy and kill the tumor cells.
Those in attendance surely left the conference armed with new strategies with which to fight their cancer, greater hope for the future, and renewed vigor.