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How is radioembolization performed?

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Radioembolization is performed during a procedure called an angiogram. A doctor first inserts a catheter into an artery in the groin. Under X-ray guidance, the catheter is moved into the blood vessels supplying the tumor in the liver. The doctor then injects liquid containing tiny radioactive particles into the proper artery (or arteries). The particles stay in the tumor, blocking blood flow to cancer cells, killing them, and shrinking 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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