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Bland Embolization

ImageCare Radiology is a trusted provider of specialized medical treatments, including bland embolization. We extend this advanced therapeutic procedure to patients across the state, leveraging our expertise to improve health outcomes.A digital 3D illustration of a human liver with a tumor on it

What is Bland Embolization?

Bland embolization is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat liver tumors, both from primary liver cancer and other cancers that have spread to the liver. This technique, which falls under the category of transarterial embolization, involves the deliberate blocking of blood vessels to cut off the blood supply to a tumor. Without a blood supply, tumors cannot access the oxygen and nutrients they need to grow, causing them to shrink and, in some cases, die. Unlike chemoembolization, a bland embolization procedure does not deliver chemotherapy drugs to the tumor; instead, it relies solely on the restriction of blood flow for its therapeutic effect.

What are the Benefits of Bland Embolization?

Bland embolization provides several benefits, particularly for patients with liver tumors who may not be candidates for surgery or those who have tumors that have not responded to chemotherapy. The advantages of this procedure include a lower risk of complications compared to conventional surgery and reduced side effects relative to systemic chemotherapy. Patients typically experience a quicker recovery time and can often return home the day after the procedure. This treatment can be a standalone option or part of a broader cancer care strategy, including as a palliative measure to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life.

How Does Bland Embolization Work?

During a bland embolization procedure, an interventional radiologist makes a small incision, usually in the groin area, to access the femoral artery. Using imaging guidance, a catheter is threaded through the artery to the liver. Once the catheter reaches the blood vessels that feed the tumor, tiny particles are released to block these vessels. The particles are carefully selected to match the size of the targeted vessels to ensure an effective blockage. As a result of this blockage, the tumor is deprived of its blood supply, leading to a reduction in its size and activity.

During the procedure, the patient is given medication to relax and a local anesthetic to numb the area where the catheter is inserted. The procedure varies in time depending on the complexity of the condition, but most patients go home the same day.

Contact Us for Bland Embolization Treatment

ImageCare Radiology welcomes patients to our many convenient locations. Our team of seasoned medical professionals is equipped with cutting-edge technology and driven by a commitment to patient-centered care. We understand the challenges that come with a cancer diagnosis, and we strive to provide treatment options that align with our patients’ individual needs and health goals.

For those interested in learning more about bland embolization and its suitability as a treatment option, we invite you to contact us. Our staff is available to provide detailed information, answer any questions, and assist with scheduling an appointment for treatment.

Reach out to ImageCare Radiology to explore bland embolization and discover how this procedure can be integrated into your overall treatment plan. We’re here to support you in your journey toward wellness with compassionate care and comprehensive medical imaging treatment options. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and take the first step toward effective and personalized treatment.