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What is Y90 Treatment?

Y90 radioembolization is a minimally invasive procedure that combines embolization and radiation therapy to treat liver cancer. 

Dr’s Kovaleski and Nutting have treated over 2500 patients with liver directed radioembolization and proctor other physicians around the country. They pioneered the early use of this therapy over 20 years ago and have brought their expertise to the outpatient clinic setting


Y90 treatment is a form of targeted radiation therapy used to treat liver cancer tumors that cannot be effectively treated with surgery because they are too close to major arteries. It can help extend the lives of patients with inoperable tumors and improve their quality of life. The name Y90 comes from tiny beads that contain a radioactive substance called Yttrium-90. These microscopic spheres are injected through a catheter directly into the blood vessels that feed the tumors. Once there, they emit radiation for a period of about a month, killing the tumors.

Endovascular Consultants of Colorado is currently the only outpatient center in Colorado capable of performing the Y90 radioembolization procedure. Interventional Oncologist, Dr. Charlie Nutting is the most experienced expert in the nation in this exciting liver cancer treatment methodology. He performed the first Y90 procedure in the United States

nearly 20 years ago, and has administered the 100,000 dose of sirsphere and treated the first patient In the US in 2002.

Am I a good candidate for Y90 Treatment?

Contact the best cancer care specialists in Lone Tree today to schedule a consultation and find out if you are a candidate for Y90 treatment. During your consultation with your doctor, factors such as your health, medical history, and the type and location of your liver cancer will be evaluated to determine if this treatment is right for you.

Are There Any Side Effects?

The Y90 radioembolization procedure is considered safer and more effective than other forms of radiation therapy, because the radiation from the Y90 beads targets only the tumors, causing little damage to healthy liver tissue. As a result, Y90 treatment produces far fewer side effects than systemic radiation, which can expose other areas of the body.

Is There Any Recovery time?

A major advantage of Y90 is that it is a minimally invasive procedure. This means that it can be performed by ECCO's interventional radiology doctors in the comfort of our office-based laboratory, on an outpatient basis. Because there are no large incisions, there is no need to check into a hospital, undergo general anesthesia, and stay overnight. Naturally, this reduces costs to both insurers and patients, but it is also an advantage in that the gentle procedure means that recovery time is minimal.

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