Transarterial Chemoembolization (TACE)
Interventional Radiology at Mass General offers transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) to treat liver cancer at our site in Boston.
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Transarterial Chemoembolization, known as TACE, is a minimally-invasive, image-guided treatment for liver cancer. It helps shrink or eradicate tumors by targeting them and blocking their blood flow and delivering chemotherapy directly to the tumor. It allows doctors to treat tumors that are not accessible using conventional surgery or radiation treatments.
During TACE, an interventional radiologist delivers chemotherapy medicine directly to the blood vessels supplying the liver tumor using real-time image guidance through a tiny incision in the groin. The interventional radiologist also physically blocks the blood vessels feeding the tumor. TACE typically takes about two hours and may require an overnight hospital stay so we can monitor your condition.
After your procedure, you should take it easy for a few days and avoid any strenuous activity for 10 days. Most people get back to normal activity in one to three weeks.