What is Bland Embolization?
Bland embolization is a nonsurgical, minimally-invasive treatment option for liver cancer patients whose tumors cannot be removed by surgery because of the number of tumors or their location. With this procedure, our interventional radiologists are able to treat large or large numbers of tumors that are not amenable to surgery or ablative therapies, with the goal of tumor control, pain relief, and increased quality of life.
About the embolization treatment
In the procedure, small, embolic particles are injected into the blood supply to the tumor through a tiny catheter. This results in tumor death by blocking the flow of oxygen and nutrients (ischemia).
Bland embolization has several benefits. It can be used in conjunction with other treatments to shrink tumors before surgery or control blood loss. It can provide a primary treatment for your cancer if other treatments have failed or you are not a candidate for them. And it can be performed as a palliative (non-curative) treatment to reduce pain and other symptoms caused by the tumors. The procedure can shrink existing tumors and prevent the formation of new ones, while preserving liver function and allowing a relatively normal quality of life.