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You get this treatment, which is most often used for cancers of the liver, during a procedure called an angiogram. Your doctor will insert a catheter into an artery in your groin. He'll use X-rays to guide the catheter into blood vessels supplying the tumor. The doctor then injects liquid with tiny radioactive particles into the proper artery (or arteries). The particles stay in the tumor, blocking blood flow to the cancer cells. This kills them and shrinks the tumor.

From: Radioembolization WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Nicolay, N. 2009;. Kennedy, A. 2010. Naymagon, S. 2010. Gray, B. , 2001. Radiologyinfo.org: "Radioembolization."  




Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology, Cancer Journal, Digestive Diseases & Sciences, Annals of Oncology

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 18, 2017

SOURCES: Nicolay, N. 2009;. Kennedy, A. 2010. Naymagon, S. 2010. Gray, B. , 2001. Radiologyinfo.org: "Radioembolization."  




Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology, Cancer Journal, Digestive Diseases & Sciences, Annals of Oncology

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 18, 2017

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