Hepatic Artery Embolization (HAE)
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Hepatic Artery Embolization: The Procedure
Hepatic Artery Embolization (HAE) may be a treatment option for people with certain types of liver cancer. It is a procedure that decreases the blood supply to a liver tumor. Without blood supply the tumor will die. In some cases chemotherapy is injected into the liver tumor, as well.
During this procedure a small tube is threaded up into the main liver artery with X-ray guidance. A mixture of tiny beads is then injected into the blood supply. They flow into the artery that feeds the liver tumors and block the blood flow to the tumors.
Goals of Hepatic Artery Embolization
The goal of this treatment is to shrink the tumor and decrease the symptoms that may be caused by the tumor. This procedure requires at least a one night stay in the hospital. Patients can expect to have temporary nausea, fatigue and some abdominal discomfort after the treatment.