Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to kill or damage cancer cells, but traditional chemotherapy is rarely used for primary liver cancer.
Instead, transarterial chemoembolisation, or TACE, delivers high doses of chemotherapy directly to the tumour (see below). It is usually used for people who can’t have surgery or are waiting for a liver transplant. A CT or MRI scan will be done about six weeks after the TACE procedure to see how well the treatment has worked.
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Transarterial chemoembolisation (TACE) delivers chemotherapy directly to a tumour while blocking its blood supply (embolisation). It is performed by an interventional radiologist.
Side effects of TACE
It is common to have a fever the day after TACE, but this usually passes quickly. You may feel some pain, which can be controlled with medicines. Some people may feel tired or report flu-like symptoms for up to a week afterwards.