Howdy everyone: I had chemoembolization (with doxorubicin) performed as first-line treatment after my diagnosis. Some people sail right through this procedure with few problems, but for me it was VERY painful. Also, I did not get much benefit from the treatment. During the chemoembolization, they did a hepatic arteriogram, which is standard practice so they can see exactly where to inject the embolizing material. While viewing the arteriogram, they could see for the first time several other lesions not diagnosed previously. These additional lesions could not be treated with chemoembolization. Long story short, they could only treat one tumor out of the 7 visualized on the arteriogram. (This episode was followed by another loooong story, which I will post elsewhere on this site. I eventually received appropriate successful treatment, and am now cancer-free for the time being).
According to info from my oncologist and my own research, chemoembolization is only effective for treating 1 or 2 tumors, and they should be less than 5 cm in diameter. In addition, only 50% of those treated will have a positive effect. Rarely are the tumors destroyed; usually, they are either stabilized or cause some shrinkage. It is considered palliative, not curative.
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