How Does Liver Chemoembolization Work?

Q:
How does liver chemoembolization work?

A:
Chemoembolization combines local delivery of chemotherapy and a procedure called embolization together to treat cancer, most often of the liver.

Local delivery of chemotherapy means it delivers a very high concentration of chemotherapy directly into the tumor; The procedure cuts off the blood supply to the tumor, deprives the tumor of the oxygen and nutrients it needs to grow.

The liver has two blood supplies: the hepatic artery and the portal vein. It receives almost all of its blood supply from the hepatic artery.

Chemotherapy drugs can directly reach the tumor once injected into the hepatic artery. when the artery blocked, blood from hepatic artery is no longer supplied to the tumor.

Keywords: chemoembolization; chemoembolization liver

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