Crittenton launches nonsurgical tumor procedure

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published April 5, 2017

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ROCHESTER HILLS — A new nonsurgical  tumor procedure is available at  Crittenton Hospital. 

The procedure, called ablation, is similar to a needle biopsy, but it is performed via computerized tomography — commonly known as a CT scan — or with an ultrasound.

“Image-guided tumor ablation can treat many cancerous tumors as thoroughly as other treatment options, with less pain, less risk, faster recovery time and lower recurrence rates,” Dr. Peter Littrup, Crittenton interventional radiologist, said in a statement.

Since it is less invasive than traditional, open surgery, and because the treatment is focused on the tumor, it reduces harm to nearby healthy tissues, Littrup said. The treatment may also be used to treat tumors when surgery is not an option. It requires a shorter hospital stay and recovery time compared to traditional surgical procedures.

In addition to treating breast cancer, the technology is also used to treat others cancers, like lung, kidney, liver and certain ovarian cancers. It can also provide focal treatment of endometriosis.

Littrup said tumor ablation can be an option for high-risk patients such as those with obesity, poor heart or lung status, or those with one kidney. The procedure can also be used to treat benign tumors and endometriosis of the abdominal wall.

“It’s one of the most comprehensive, multiorgan ablation programs in Michigan,” said Brian Taylor, Crittenton spokesperson.

According to Crittenton officials, Littrup, who leads the new program, is a globally recognized scientist in medical imaging and has conducted extensive research in the areas of cancer screening, ultrasound technology, biopsy guidance and tumor ablation.

Crittenton joined Ascension Health System in 2016. Ascension is the largest nonprofit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system. Crittenton Hospital, located on University Drive, east of Livernois, currently has 290 beds and a staff of nearly 500 physicians.

For more information about the tumor ablation program, call (844) 462-2462.

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