EL PASO, TX—Del Sol Medical Center recently became the first hospital in El Paso to administer a new treatment called Yttrium-90, or Y-90. This minimally invasive treatment combines radiation therapies and embolization to help treat liver cancer. Gethin Williams, M.D., Ph.D., a vascular and interventional radiologist who practices at Del Sol Medical Center, administered the first treatment in 2015. Since then, Dr. Williams has administered more than 25 Y-90 treatments.

Y-90 is composed of millions of tiny radioactive beads, which are injected directly into the vessels that feed the tumor. This relatively new therapy is effective in slowing down or eliminating primary liver cancer and metastatic cancers.

“These are El Paso’s first treatments of this kind, and they can help extend a patient’s life and improve quality of life by slowing down or eliminating the liver tumor completely,” Dr. Williams said. “I have administered Y-90 treatments in the past few months to patients with liver, colorectal, breast, gastric and other cancers in the liver and have seen excellent outcomes.”

Before Del Sol Medical Center began providing Y-90 in El Paso, it was only available to patients who could travel to MD Anderson Cancer Centers or Dallas and other large metropolitan cities.

“Del Sol Medical Center is committed to bringing the latest proven treatments to El Paso to care for our patients, as shown with Y-90,” Jacob Cintron, chief executive officer of Del Sol Medical Center, said. “This new minimally invasive treatment therapy will allow us to put more cancer patients on a successful road to recovery.”

For more information about Y-90 and other cancer treatments at Del Sol Medical Center, call (915) 594-5903.