|Extending Lives of Cancer Patients|
Interventional radiologists at Saint Elizabeth are extending the lives of our cancer patients through chemoembolization, a minimally-invasive procedure that successfully delivers a high-dose of chemotherapy directly to a patient’s tumor.
Chemoembolization attacks the cancer in two ways:
The patient benefits include:
The procedure is most commonly performed on patients with liver cancer. For a chemoembolization of the liver, an interventional radiologist inserts a small catheter into the femoral artery using image guidance. Once the catheter is in place, the chemotherapy and embolic agents are mixed together and delivered directly to the tumor. At the end of the procedure, the catheter is removed and the tiny opening in the skin is covered with dressing. No sutures are needed.
In two-thirds of the cancer patients, chemoembolization can stop liver tumors from growing or cause them to shrink. It isn't a cure, but chemoembolization can slow the growth of the tumor, potentially preserving liver function and improving the patient’s quality of life.