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  • Medical Center Operator

  • 201-833-3000

  • Physician Referral Service

  • 877-HOLY-NAME (465-9626)

  • Patient Information

  • 201-833-3300

  • Foundation (Donations)

  • 201-833-3187

  • Human Resources

  • 201-833-7040

  • Medical Staff Office

  • 201-833-3352

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Chemoembolization is a procedure that involves delivering a high dose of a radioactive chemotherapy drug directly into the liver while shutting off the arteries supplying the blood that feeds the tumor. Interventional radiologists guide a catheter carrying the chemotherapy medication from the groin to the liver. This drug has agents that embolize, or shut down, the blood flow to other parts of the body and prevents most of the drug from circulating to healthy cells.

Chemoembolization is often used when radiofrequency ablation (RFA) would not be effective because of the tumor location or size. In some cases, chemoembolization is used in conjunction with RFA or other treatments.

Patients typically remain in the hospital two to four days after the procedure and may have flu-like symptoms for about a week. They may also experience lower than normal energy levels for about a month. Chemotherapy is a palliative treatment, and not considered curative, though it has been shown to prolong life for more than two years in many patients.