Transcatheter Arterial Chemo-embolisation (TACE) therapy is a palliative procedure offered to patients with liver carcinoma (cancer) or liver metastatic colorectal carcinoma who are not eligible for surgery, but have adequate functional liver reserves for the potential benefits to outweigh procedure related risks. The concept of liver arterial precision therapy is the ability to point doses of chemotherapy directly to the liver tumor(s) while sparing the patient the many side effects of traditional chemotherapy that is given to the whole body.
TACE is a minimally invasive procedure performed in interventional radiology to restrict a tumor's blood supply. Small embolic particles coated with chemotherapeutic agents are injected selectively into an artery directly supplying a tumor.
The treatment requires up to 4 individual procedures which are usually within a week to two weeks of each other but this is very much on a case-by-case basis. Your Interventional Radiologist will discuss your specific treatment with you in detail.