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. It is most often used to treat liver cancer but may also be used in patients whose cancer has metastasized.

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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.