Tumour embolization is a procedure to shrink a liver tumour by cutting off its blood supply. The doctor put a thin, flexible tube, called a catheter, into an artery near your groin or in your arm. He or she guided the catheter into the liver artery (the hepatic artery) that supplies blood to the tumour. The doctor sent a mixture of chemicals and small particles (like grains of sand) through the catheter into the hepatic artery. This mixture blocked the artery. This will stop blood from getting to the liver tumour.
The area where the catheter was put through your skin into your artery (the puncture site) may be sore for a day or two after the procedure. You will probably have a bruise for at least a week.
You may feel like you have the flu and may feel tired and have a low fever and an upset stomach. You may not feel as hungry as you usually do. This is common. These symptoms usually get better in 1 to 2 weeks.
You will probably be able to return to work or your usual activities after 1 to 2 weeks. But you may need about a month to fully get your energy back.
You will have tests in the months after the procedure to check the liver tumour and see how well the treatment worked.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to feel better as quickly as possible.
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 or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: July 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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