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NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center - Center for Advanced Digestive Care

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Targeted Therapy

Targeted therapy refers to an emerging class of drugs that destroy cancerous cells, leaving healthy cells unharmed, and without the use and unwanted side effects of chemotherapy and radiation - nausea, hair loss, and weakness and fatigue.

Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt, or TIPS

For patients with portal hypertension, a TIPS procedure uses x-rays and ultrasound imaging to create a small hole in the portal vein (the vein that carries blood from the digestive organs to the liver). a shunt or small tube is inserted into the hole. The shunt is then connected to one of the hepatic veins, creating another pathway through which blood can flow, thereby reducing pressure in the portal vein. This also reduces pressure in other abdominal veins, including those in the stomach, liver, esophagus and bowel.

TIPS can also be used to treat other conditions such as recurrent bleeding of the varices, refractory ascites, hepatorenal syndrome, and Budd-Chiari syndrome -- a clotting in the hepatic vein.

Triphasic CT Scanning

Used primarily for diagnosing liver tumors, Triphasic CT scanning provides images during three different phases of blood flow through the liver and offers a more accurate diagnosis than routine CT or CAT scan. These tests are often used to determine whether the tumor has spread to the liver or nearby lymph nodes.