What are the limitations of Chemoembolization? What is Chemoembolization? Transarterial chemoembolization or TACE combines the local delivery of chemotherapy with a procedure called embolization to treat cancer , most often of the liver. It is a non-surgical and minimally invasive procedure performed in radiology, usually by an interventional radiologist. In TACE, anti-cancer drugs are injected directly into the blood vessel feeding a cancerous tumor.
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Chemoembolization How is liver cancer treated? Malignant tumors of the liver or gastrointestinal tract which have spread to the liver may be treated by standard intravenous chemotherapy, surgery, cryotherapy using cold probes to freeze the tumor , percutaneous ablation using a needle to place alcohol directly into the tumor to kill it , or a combination of therapeutic techniques. A method of delivering a relatively large dose of chemotherapy directly to the liver tumor chemoembolization has shown some good results in patients who are not candidates for standard therapy.
What is chemoembolization? Chemoembolization is performed by placing a small catheter from the blood vessel in your groin into the artery that supplies blood to the liver.
This is analogous to the more familiar cardiac angiogram. The chemotherapeutic drug s are then delivered through the catheter along with a blood vessel occluding agent right at the site of the tumor. This "double-punch" can slow or stop tumor growth, and in some cases can even result in significant shrinkage of the tumor. If you are interested in further information on this technique or believe you might be candidate, please contact us.
What kind of tumors can be treated? Remember, chemoembolization only treats tumors in the liver and will have little or no effect on any other cancer in the body. For example, the following liver cancers may be treated by chemoembolization: hepatoma primary liver cancer metastasis spread to the liver from: colon cancer.
Transarterial Chemoembolization (TACE)