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How is alcohol injection used to treat hepatocellular carcinoma?

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Alcohol injection is also called "percutaneous ethanol injection." An ultrasound, which uses sound waves to see structures in your body, helps your doctor guide a thin needle into the tumor. Then he injects ethanol (alcohol) to destroy the cancer.

You usually have this procedure under local anesthesia, which means you won't feel pain but you're awake while this is going on.

From: Hepatocellular Carcinoma WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "What Is Liver Cancer?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Liver Cancer."

Merck Manuals Home Edition: Primary Liver Tumors."

University of California, San Francisco: "Hepatocellular Carcinoma."

Cancer Research UK: "Risks and causes of liver cancer."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on March 03, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "What Is Liver Cancer?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Liver Cancer."

Merck Manuals Home Edition: Primary Liver Tumors."

University of California, San Francisco: "Hepatocellular Carcinoma."

Cancer Research UK: "Risks and causes of liver cancer."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on March 03, 2019

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