Jefferson University Hospitals

Tests & Treatments

  • Acupuncture
    Our licensed acupuncturists will stimulate specific points on your body with the intention of regulating the flow of vital energy, thus restoring balance and reducing pain or other symptoms.

  • Barium Swallow
    Used to obtain detailed X-ray images of your upper digestive tract, which includes the esophagus, the throat and the back of your mouth.

  • Bile Duct Surgery
    Our surgeons are experienced in removing bile duct tumors, which is a delicate surgery that may involve removal of portions of the liver, gallbladder, pancreas and small intestine.

  • Bloodless Liver Resection
    A much safer alternative to traditional surgery for treating localized liver cancer or another liver disease.

  • CT Scan
    A series of X-rays that can be used to visualize nearly all parts of the body in 3-D is known as a CT scan.

  • Chemoembolization
    The purpose of chemoembolization is to inject chemotherapy drugs into the hepatic artery that supplies blood to the tumor in the liver. The artery is then often embolized – or blocked off – with tiny particles.

  • Chemotherapy
    Chemotherapy has the ability to reach cancer that may have spread, even microscopically, throughout the body.

  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography
    ERCP uses a mini-camera attached to a tube called an endoscope that allows our physicians to see X-ray images detailing the structure of your organs.

  • Hepatic Arterial Pumps
    If you have metastatic colon cancer (cancer that has spread to other areas), you may benefit from a hepatic arterial pump.

  • Herbal Medicine
    Medicines made from plant extracts offer a different and frequently very helpful way to treat pain and illness.

  • Homeopathic Medicine
    Homeopathic medicine is intended to stimulate the body's own healing abilities and utilizes a wide range of mostly naturally occurring substances such as plants and minerals.

  • Liver Resection
    For individuals diagnosed with liver cancer, this treatment option offers the best chance for long-term survival or cure.

  • Liver Surgery
    The "bloodless" liver resection technique is improving patients' odds of survival and cutting recovery time in half.

  • Liver Transplant
    Cirrhosis, hepatitis and cancer are just some of the conditions that may result in the need for a liver transplant.

  • PET & PET CT
    Positron emission tomography (PET) is an imaging study that is most commonly performed for the oncology patient for the diagnosis, staging and restaging of tumors, and for monitoring therapy.

  • Photodynamic Therapy
    This treatment is FDA approved for palliation of esophageal cancer and for other esophageal cancers which fail to respond to standard treatment.

  • Portal Hypertension Surgery
    You may be a candidate for portal hypertension surgery where surgeons use a "shunt" to help relieve the pressure within the blood vessels.

  • Radiation Therapy
    If you are concerned with how radiation may affect your health, Jefferson physicians have made great strides in reducing the effects of radiation on normal tissue surrounding the tumor being treated.

  • Radioembolization
    If you have primary or metastatic cancer that has spread to the liver, the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson is one of the few hospitals in the region to offer radioembolization as a treatment to shrink the tumors.

  • Radiofrequency Ablation
    Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive treatment of tumors of the liver, kidney, bone and lung; Barrett's esophagus; varicose veins; various pain conditions; and a wide variety of disorders where the heart beats too fast or sometimes irregularly, called cardiac arrhythmia.

  • Rapid Access Radiation Therapy (RAP-PT)
    Rapid Access Radiation Therapy provides pain relief for cancer that has spread to the bone as a source of comfort for patients with advanced cancer. It can be used as an alternative to narcotics or in addition to other pain medications.

  • Ultrasound
    An ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to look at organs and structures inside the body, including the heart, blood vessels, kidneys and liver.

  • Upper Endoscopy
    An upper endoscopy is a procedure that involves inserting a mini-camera attached to a tube called an endoscope down your throat to obtain detailed images of your upper digestive tract.

  • Upper GI Series
    Your Jefferson physician may order an upper gastrointestinal (GI) series to obtain detailed X-ray images of your esophagus, stomach and small intestine to detect abnormalities that might explain symptoms indicative of digestive disease or cancer.

  • Whipple & Mini Whipple Procedures
    If you are diagnosed with tumors in your pancreas or bile duct, your physician may recommend a Whipple or Mini-Whipple procedure.