embolization shrinks a liver tumour by cutting off its blood
You may get medicine to help you relax and to help with pain before the
procedure. The doctor will insert a thin, flexible tube
into an artery near your groin. Or the tube may be put in your arm. This tube is called a catheter. The doctor will guide it into the artery that supplies blood to the tumour.
Then the doctor will send a dye that contains iodine
through the catheter into the artery. The dye is called contrast material. It shows up on X-ray pictures. It
allows the doctor to check blood flow to the liver and the tumour.
The doctor will send chemicals and small particles (like
grains of sand) through the tube into the artery. This mixture blocks the
artery. The block stops blood from getting to the tumour. This causes the tumour to
slowly shrink. The liquid may contain chemotherapy medicine. It helps kill the
tumour cells. You may need to stay in
the hospital overnight.
Bit by bit, the tumour will be replaced with scar
tissue in the months after this is done. This will not affect your liver's
ability to do its job.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all
appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good
idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you
Procedures can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you
can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your procedure.
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Current as of:
July 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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