The Benefits of Chemoembolization for Liver Cancer

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If you’re struggling with abdominal MRI in Santa Fe; NM, then you have many treatment options available to you, including chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation therapy. Many patients who receive the latter two treatments find that they aren’t effective in completely eliminating their cancerous tumors. Chemoembolization (also known as chemoembolization), on the other hand, can provide your doctor with complete tumor removal and an overall better prognosis — without causing much if any damage to surrounding healthy tissue.

Common symptoms and signs of liver cancer
The most common symptom is a mass in your abdomen. Other symptoms and signs include

Chemotherapies used in chemotherapy – Evidence and Side effects
Chemotherapies are drugs that are used to kill cancer cells. The treatments work by killing cancer cells and promoting cell death
 and inhibiting cell growth. More specifically, chemotherapies interfere with processes inside a cell that are required for it to grow and divide. Some chemotherapy drugs also damage a cell’s DNA directly or cause chromosomes to break and rearrange or break apart.

Why choose chemoradiation instead of surgery
Patients who have cancer in more than one area of their bodies — such as those with liver cancer that has spread to other organs — are not candidates for surgery. But they may be able to benefit from chemoradiation treatment, which combines chemotherapy (chemo) and radiation therapy (radiation) with embolization. This approach delivers anticancer drugs directly to tumors while simultaneously sealing off blood vessels that are feeding them nutrients and oxygen.

Types of tumors that can be treated by Chemotherapy
The two most common types of tumors treated with chemoembolization are primary liver cancer and metastatic (spreading) liver cancer. Primary liver cancers can be either benign (non-cancerous) or malignant. Benign primary liver cancer (hepatic adenoma or hemangioma) is rarely seen in adults, but can occur in children. It most often occurs as a single tumor, rather than being present as multiple masses within the liver.

What to expect during and after chemoembolization treatment (CEDV)
Abdominal MRI in Santa Fe offers chemoembolization treatments. The image above is an abdominal MRI report, identifying a metastatic tumor on a liver mass. This can be used by your oncologist as a resource during treatment planning with CEDV. Please contact us to schedule your next treatment. For more information on other services provided at our facility, please click here or call (505) 688-4556 today!

How is CEDV done?
CEDV is done with an MRI scan of your abdomen and pelvis. The scan shows where blood vessels (arteries) and liver tumors are located in relation to other organs in your body. Next, a catheter is passed into your veins through one arm or both arms and guided to arteries in your groin area. Small particles called chemoembolization agents or contrast material are injected through the catheter.

Who can undergo CEDV therapy?
Patients with liver cancer that has not spread beyond their liver to surrounding tissues can receive CEDV therapy. These patients typically receive other types of therapies as well, such as chemotherapy or surgery. In general, CEDV is used in people who are not candidates for surgery.

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