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Intra-arterial Therapies

A, B, Hepatic artery chemoembolization; A, with corresponding angiogram.
A, B, Hepatic artery chemoembolization; A, with corresponding angiogram

Intra-arterial therapies are treatments that are delivered to the liver tumor using a catheter. Most intra-arterial therapies are administered by threading a catheter from an artery in your groin directly up into your liver. Your physician places the catheter directly into the blood vessel that is “feeding” the tumor. Intra-arterial treatment delivers a therapy that kills the tumor directly but does not subject your whole body to adverse side effects.

During this procedure, your physician uses an X-ray imaging system to view the arteries. The imaging system at The Johns Hopkins Hospital is specially designed for minimal radiation exposure.

Types of intra-arterial liver treatments include:

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