Trans - Arterial Radio - Embolization (TARE)
Introduction

TARE is a trans-catheter intra-arterial procedure performed by the Interventional Radiologist for the treatment of primary and secondary hepatic cancers. In TARE procedure, the radioactive substance is injected through the hepatic artery into the liver tumor directly with the help of a catheter inserted into a peripheral artery. The injected radioactive substance gets deposited in the tumor tissue and then locally emits radiation which causes the destruction of the tumor cells.

Features

It is a minimally invasive therapeutic procedure in which radiation emitting microspheres, for the treatment of unresectable Hepato Cellular Carcinoma, are introduced into the cancer tissue.

Indications and procedures
  • Patients with unresectable HCC Patients (and it hasn’t metastasized), and tumor mass comprising less than 70% of the liver volume
  • Patients who are unsuitable for surgery or any other modalities of treatment
  • TARE is also useful as an alternative to ablation and in facilitating resection of BCLC (Barcelona Clinic Liver cancer) stage-A tumors.
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Advantages
  • Lesser morbidity post the procedure.
  • Minimally invasive procedure, hence reduced stay in hospital.
  • Faster recovery
  • Especially useful for the management of unresectable tumors.