Topic: embolization before resection
My surgeon has suggested I have an embolization before the resection. The tumor is stable and finally operable. Since the tumor is stable, he suggests we "grow" the right side of the liver by blocking off the vein/artery (I always get them wrong) that branches off to the left side of the liver. That would cause the right side to do all the work BEFORE surgery. And cause it to grow. I don't know how long before resection will happen: I guess it depends on how long it takes my liver to respond. And the stability of the tumor.
The tumor is in the very very top of 1, 4a and 8. But it started in a bile duct and had a thin tail that meandered thru 2 at the start of all this. The little bit in the bile duct can't be seen anymore.
The resection will take out 1, 2, 3, 4a, 4b and parts of 5 and 8. Which leaves me with just 6, 7 and parts of 5 & 8 when the resection is done. So "growing" the right side makes sense to me.
I looked thru many of the titles in this section and didn't see any postings like this. Has anyone on this site had this procedure before resection? Was it successful? And did the liver react fairly quickly? I realize that anyone else's outcome won't necessarily be the same as mine, but I was just wondering.
I'm a little nervous about doing anything because I feel healthy and the tumor is stable. But I'm also nervous about the tumor starting to grow and thus make it inoperable again.
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