Dr. Schiffman performs a wide array of interventional radiology (IR) procedures which are minimally invasive outpatient alternatives to surgery. He focuses on tumor ablation and embolization – using ice and/or heat to kill tumor cells through a precise needle stick, and placing microcatheters directly into the tiny arteries feeding tumors. He has developed the prostate cancer bone biopsy protocols at Weill Cornell, with results that have far exceeded historical yields for accurately diagnosing metastatic disease in these patients. He is the only physician in NYC who performs non-invasive MR-guided focused ultrasound surgery (FUS) – and will soon be opening a study on this exciting technology for prostate cancer patients. In this procedure, there are no punctures or incisions other than an IV, and ultrasound waves are aimed with MRI guidance at a precise target in the prostate to create a small burn. This technology has been utilized for over 10 years at Cornell to safely treat young women with uterine fibroids, and the success has led to trials for expansion of this state-of-the-art treatment to cancer patients. This will be performed as an outpatient procedure, and preliminary data suggests great success and safety for patients.
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