The first step in the process is a clinical consultation with one of our interventional radiologists. Together, you will discuss the details of your healthcare history and the available options for liver-directed therapy. Be sure to discuss any medications you are taking, especially any blood thinners or antiplatelet medications. After the visit, additional imaging studies or laboratory tests may be ordered.
Before the Procedure:
Prior to the procedure, you will receive instructions with regards to food, water and medication. Typically, we ask that you not eat any food after midnight before your procedure. Most medications are permitted to take the day of the procedure, with a sip of water.
During the Procedure:
During the procedure, you will receive intravenous sedation medicine for comfort. After your procedure, you will be monitored for a few hours. Most of our patients will return home after this recovery period, but in some cases, patients require an overnight hospital stay for continued monitoring and treatment.
After the procedure:
Liver imaging and laboratory tests are typically performed one to three months after a TACE to see how the tumors responded to treatment. You will have a follow-up appointment with your interventional radiology physician to discuss the treatment results and next steps.
Will I Need More than One Treatment?
If you have tumors that involve multiple areas of the liver, you may need more than one treatment. If there is residual disease after treatment, additional treatment with TACE or other liver directed therapies may be considered.