Dr. Rudolph Willis: Typically we give chemotherapy intravenously, in other words, through the vein. But sometime it’s necessary to give chemotherapy another way, a more specific way. So we use intra-arterial administration and typical the specialists will use a special catheter, to put that catheter into an artery instead of a vein. And in the chemotherapy that is given down that catheter which is directed through the blood vessel that goes to that specific tumor. Most commonly is done for liver liaisons or primary liver cancer; it also can be done with other kinds of cancers like melanomas or skin cancers that involve the extremities.
Cancer Treatment Centers of America is one of the few medical centers that provides intra-arterial chemotherapy. Our doctors may offer this form of chemotherapy to patients with particular tumors, such as primary liver cancer. Listen to Dr. Rudolph Willis describe intra-arterial chemotherapy.