Transarterial Chemo Embolization Therapy involves administration of chemotherapy directly to the liver tumor via a catheter. With this technique, the chemotherapy targets the tumor while sparing the patient many side effects of traditional chemotherapy that is given to the whole body. We are routinely performing TACE in primary and metastatic treatment for liver cancers.
The doctors in our department use minimally invasive, image-guided procedures to treat patients with cancer with minimal side effects, complications, and discomfort. We treat certain liver tumours by blocking branches of the tumor feeding branches of hepatic artery in a procedure called embolization, where blood supply to the tumour is cut off. Embolization can be combined with injection of chemotherapy directly to tumours. The process combines the advantages of chemotherapy with those of embolization (Trans Arterial Chemo Embolization) with significantly reduced side effects of chemotherapy and more effective tumour killing.
Other similar angiographic procedures are performed for stopping bleeding from tumours in alimentary tract, lungs and neck. Sometimes they are done before surgery to reduce blood loss at operation or after surgery to stop bleeding in emergency setting.
In addition, other image guided procedures like percutaneous biliary drainage to open biliary obstruction and treat jaundice caused by tumours in gall bladder and liver, percutaneous nephrostomy to drain obstructed urine, drainage of abdominal and chest cavity infectious fluid collections and procedures to relieve cancer related pain etc are routinely carried out.