Transarterial Chemoembolization (TACE)
Similar to Arterial Chemotherapy, TACE is a minimally invasive treatment
that delivers chemotherapy directly to the organ, while also depriving
the tumor of its blood supply by blocking (embolizing) the arteries that
feed the tumor.
Using imaging for guidance, the interventional radiologist inserts a small
catheter into the femoral artery and guides it to reach the blood vessels
supplying the liver tumor. Embolic agents are then injected to keep the
chemotherapy drug in the tumor by blocking the flow to other areas of
the body. This allows for a higher dose of chemotherapy to be used, since
less of the drug is able to circulate to the healthy cells in the body.