I had transarterial chemoembolization done at Baylor Liver Center in Houston. The chemo agent was doxorubicin. I don't know what the embolizing agent was. I had a very bad reaction after the procedure (inflammation, fever and very intense pain for hours, requiring multiple injections of fentanyl). Before the procedure, they told me that in their experience only 50% of those who do it get tumor shrinkage. I don't know if I benefitted or not, because I transferred to MD Anderson a month later and started a completely different type of therapy. In that one month, the tumors did not shrink, but did not grow either.
I am now on gemcitabine and cisplatin, with Tarceva every day. I feel good and am doing well. Disease is stable according to CT scan.
Violarob in Texas