Stomach Cancer Chemoembolization
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Chemoembolization is another innovative treatment Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) uses to eliminate inoperable liver tumors. Sometimes these tumors develop in the liver as a result of cancer that has spread from the stomach to the liver.
For chemoembolization, your CTCA radiologist first performs a minimally invasive procedure to get detailed, internal pictures of your system of blood vessels. He or she uses these images (e.g., X-rays, CT scans) as a guide to carefully thread a thin catheter through the femoral artery on your right leg up to the aorta. From there, the catheter is directed into the hepatic artery, which supplies blood to the liver.
Once the catheter is in place in the hepatic artery, a highly concentrated dose of chemotherapy drugs is administered. It passes through the catheter to the cancerous portion of the liver. Microspheres, tiny beads that have been mixed in with the chemotherapy drugs, trap the treatment in and around the liver tumor. The microspheres cut off the blood supply to the tumor, stopping it from receiving oxygen and nutrients, which are what makes the grow.
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