Trans-Arterial Chemo - Embolization (TACE)
Introduction

In this procedure, the clinician places chemotherapeutic and synthetic materials called as embolic agents into the blood vessels which feed cancerous tumor. This results in cutting-off tumor’s blood supply, as well as traps the chemotherapeutic agent within the tumor.

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  • Features

    It is a treatment that blocks or slows down the blood supply to tissues or an organ. It can be used to block the flow of blood to a tumour so the cancer cells die.

    Indications and procedures
    • Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)
    • Colorectal carcinoma.
    • Cholangiocarcinoma.
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    Advantages
    • Minimally invasive procedure, hence lesser morbidity and stay in hospital.
    • Helps in concentrating the chemotherapy drugs at the tumour site, thereby shrinking the tumour size.