Henry Ford Hospital Medical Journal


This report describes renal artery occlusion as a therapeutic alternative to nephrectomy and chemotherapy in treating patients with metastatic renal carcinoma. Using a combination of Gelfoam and the Gianturco stainless steel coil, embolization was performed on 75 patients at the University of Texas System Cancer Center, M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute with promising results. Its use is recommended 1) to facilitate surgical removal of large and difficult tumors, 2) to control local symptoms (pain, bleeding, etc), and 3) as part of a planned therapeutic program consisting of infarction, nephrectomy and progestins for patients with minimal to moderate metastatic disease.