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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 333-341

Transarterial therapy: An evolving treatment modality of hepatocellular carcinoma


1 College of Medicine, Alfaisal University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Medical Imaging, Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Medical Imaging, King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Khalid A Jazieh
Alfaisal University, P.O. Box 50927, Riyadh 11533
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1319-3767.145315

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Liver cancer is the fifth most common cancer in men, the seventh most common in women, and the third most common cause of death from cancer worldwide. Only 30-40% of liver cancer patients present early enough to undergo curative treatments such as surgery or liver transplantation. Local treatment with radiofrequency ablation or ethanol injection is often reserved for non-surgical candidates with early stages of disease. Transarterial embolization has become a widely accepted treatment for asymptomatic patients with unresectable lesions. This review discusses in details the three major forms of transarterial therapies: Bland embolization, chemoembolization, and radioembolization.


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