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Video: Intra-Arterial ChemotherapyIntra-Arterial Chemotherapy
Our oncologists may use this type of chemotherapy to treat patients with specific tumor types, such as primary liver cancer. Listen to Dr. Rudolph Willis describe intra-arterial chemotherapy.
Our doctors use IAC to send chemotherapy directly into a tumor through a catheter placed in the artery. The goal of IAC is to concentrate the drug inside the tumor and minimize the exposure to healthy tissues.
During IAC, your physician inserts a thin catheter through the femoral artery in the right leg. We perform an angiogram (injects dye under a special scope) to obtain a “roadmap” of the arteries. The physician then uses this roadmap to insert a line into the hepatic artery, which is the main blood vessel that delivers blood to the liver. Using dye from a syringe to make sure the line is in the correct position, the chemotherapy drug or drugs are injected directly into the artery.
Patients typically need to lay flat after the treatment to allow the chemotherapy to reach all areas of the spinal cord and brain. We offer a variety of supportive therapies to help make our patients comfortable during this time, including relaxation therapies from mind-body medicine and acupuncture.
- Continuous Infusion Chemotherapy
- Fractionated-Dose Chemotherapy (see Metronomic Chemotherapy)
- Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC)
- Intra-Arterial Chemotherapy (IAC)
- Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (IPC)
- Intrathecal Chemotherapy
- Intratumoral Chemotherapy
- Intravenous Chemotherapy
- Maintenance Chemotherapy
- Metronomic Chemotherapy