What is radioembolization?
Radioembolization is an image-guided procedure that uses tiny radioactive beads to treat cancer. The particles lodge in the tumor and emit radiation that kills cancer cells. Radioembolization is considered a “palliative” (pain-relieving) treatment that also slows cancer growth. It is performed by an interventional radiologist.
Advantages of radioembolization
- Most patients resume normal activities within one week
- Reduces pain
- Slows growth of the tumor
- Improves quality of life
- May extend life from months-to-years for patients with inoperable tumors
- Allows for more curative options, such as surgery or a liver transplant, in some patients