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Has anyone out there ever had improvement of hepatocellular carcinoma after chemoembolization?

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Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Yes: Locally advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (hcc) can be treated by a number of "local" therapies including: transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (tace), radiofrequency ablation (rfa), cryoablation, y90 microspheres, etc. These therapies can be used to attempt cure, control, or "downstage" the disease for definitive surgery.
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Dr. Nitin Ohri
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15 years experience
Yes: Many patients demonstrate shrinking of their tumors following chemoembolization. In some cases, tumors can appear entirely inactive after one or several chemoembolization procedures. While some patients unfortunately do not respond as well, chemoembolization is an established treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma that can't be removed surgically.
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Dr. Mary Maluccio
28 years experience
Yes: Chemoembolization is an established treatment for hcc and is associated with a high (> 50%) response rate. The american cancer society published a review article on the diagnosis and treatment of hcc last year that covers several treatment platforms and the data that supports their survival benefit in patients with hcc.
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Has anyone had improvement of carcinoma after chemoembolization?

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 38 years experience
Yes: Chemoembolization has a role in the treatment of cancers. If there was never any improvement, this type of treatment would no longer be used. It is sometimes used in tumors of the liver.
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