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ImageCare Radiology is a provider of advanced cancer treatment options, including chemoembolization. As a part of our comprehensive care, we offer this targeted therapy to patients seeking effective treatment for specific types of cancer.

What is Chemoembolization?

Chemoembolization is a minimally invasive treatment for liver cancer that combines two approaches: chemotherapy and embolization. This procedure specifically targets liver tumors with high doses of chemotherapeutic drugs while restricting the tumor’s blood supply. By doing so, chemoembolization can deliver a potent dose of medication directly to the cancer cells without exposing the entire body to the effects of chemotherapy.

What are the Benefits of Chemoembolization?

The benefits of chemoembolization are considerable, especially for patients with tumors that are difficult to remove with surgery or for those who may not tolerate more invasive procedures. One of the key advantages is the higher concentration of chemotherapy delivered directly to the tumor, maximizing the treatment’s effectiveness while minimizing systemic side effects. Additionally, by blocking the blood supply, the procedure can help to shrink the tumor, relieve symptoms, and improve quality of life. For some patients, chemoembolization can also be used as a bridge to liver transplant or to shrink the tumor to a respectable size.

Digital X-ray image of a human torso with a highlighted liver with a visible tumor

How Does Chemoembolization Work?

Chemoembolization works by using X-ray imaging to guide a catheter through the bloodstream directly to the liver tumor. Once in place, a combination of chemotherapy drugs and embolic agents is administered. The chemotherapy destroys cancer cells, while the embolic agents block the small blood vessels that supply nutrients to the tumor, essentially starving and killing the cancerous tissue. 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 is usually completed within 90 minutes, and most patients return home the same day. Once completed, additional X-rays will be taken to confirm that the entire tumor has been treated.

This targeted approach allows for higher doses of chemotherapy to be used, as the drugs remain concentrated in the liver rather than being distributed throughout the body’s circulatory system. The result is a more effective treatment with fewer overall systemic effects compared to traditional chemotherapy.

Contact Us for Chemoembolization Treatments

ImageCare Radiology has numerous locations, making access to cutting-edge treatments like chemoembolization convenient and accessible. Our team of specialists is dedicated to providing personalized care, employing the latest in medical imaging technology to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients.

If you or a loved one is considering chemoembolization as a treatment option, we invite you to reach out to ImageCare Radiology. Our compassionate staff will guide you through the process, providing support and answering any questions you may have about the procedure.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how chemoembolization can be part of your cancer care plan. With ImageCare Radiology, you have a partner committed to your health and well-being every step of the way. Trust in our expertise and comprehensive approach to care for your chemoembolization treatment needs.