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Since active radiation has been injected into your body, you will have to take some precautions. For the next seven to ten days, please take these precautions for your and others' safety:
Some patients report having flu-like symptoms and a slight fever. Patients may also experience abdominal or stomach cramping. Most complained of fatigue.
This outpatient procedure is done using local anesthesia. Using fluoroscopy to visualize the region, the interventional radiologist guides the catheter to the hepatic artery, one of two blood vessels that supplies blood to the liver.
The catheter is threaded into the hepatic artery branch that feeds the tumors and injects microspheres into the blood supply where they become embedded in the tumors and deliver continuous radiation for 14 days.
The procedure generally takes about one hour, with another six hours of lying flat during recovery.
Most patients will be fatigued for a few days and may experience flu-like symptoms and run a fever.
Your oncologist will perform imaging tests at regular intervals to see if the tumors are shrinking. The procedure may be repeated in some cases if imaging shows that the treatment is effective and if there is still access through the hepatic artery.
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