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

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