This procedure offers targeted brachytherapy treatment for primary and secondary liver cancer.
Under local anaesthetic a thin catheter is navigated via the groin into the main arteries of the liver. From this position, tiny radioactive microspheres are injected into the blood vessels supplying the tumour in the liver. The powerful radiation dose is targeted directly at the tumour rather than the surrounding healthy tissue.
Typically this treatment is indicated in patients with liver cancer who are not responding to chemotherapy, however there is growing evidence worldwide that radioembolization can provide considerable benefit if performed earlier in combination with chemotherapy.
The procedure is very well tolerated and has a low side effect profile, and is usually performed on an outpatient basis.
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