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Doctor insights on: Chemoembolization Of Liver Side Effects

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What happens when a liver undergoes chemoembolization?

What happens when a liver undergoes chemoembolization?

Local toxicity: Contemporary chemoembolization is done with beads that elute chemotherapy (doxorubicin) eliminating the need to plug the more proximal arteries with particles. This is one off several methods to treat liver cancer. The result is local toxicity to the liver/tumor that is exposed to the bead and tumor cell death. ...Read more

Dr. Shari Jackson
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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What risk if I have done the chemoembolization of the liver?

What risk if I have done the chemoembolization of the liver?

Various: The risks associated with chemoemolization of the liver include bleeding, infection and blood vessel damage from the catheter access (just like any form of arterial catheterization). Other risks specific to the procedure include liver damage. Embolizing too much of the liver could lead to liver failure. Also embolization can cause damage to the bile ducts and result in liver infections. ...Read more

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Father has liver cancer - will he have cure if chemoembolization?

Father has liver cancer - will he have cure if chemoembolization?

Not usually: Chemoembolization is injecting chemotherapy agents directly into the tumor to decrease potential side effects from the same medication given to the whole body. However, liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma) is a difficult cancer to cure in the long term. There may be "remission", but a long term cure is less likely. ...Read more

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Remaining months after chemoembolization wiz tumor in liver 15 &7.5cm wiz fatigue & disfunction liver? I wanna know any hope pls? She is65 yrs old

Remaining months after chemoembolization wiz tumor in liver 15 &7.5cm wiz fatigue & disfunction liver? I wanna know any hope pls? She is65 yrs old

Need more info: More information is necessary to answer this question. What type of tumor (hcc, neuroendocrine, etc)? How large was the tumor before chemoembolization? How many treatments have you had? How serious is the liver dysfunction? You might want to consider starting a private chat through healthtap to answer your question in more detail. ...Read more

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Survival rate of using chemoembolization 4 advançed metastatic liver? We took chemo for 2.5 yrs. Spread 2 whole liver & 2 spots in lungs? 65 yrs old

Survival rate of using chemoembolization 4 advançed metastatic liver? We took chemo for 2.5 yrs. Spread 2 whole liver & 2 spots in lungs? 65 yrs old

Survival: I guess it really depends on whether the lung nodules are metastases. If so, they would be considered extra hepatic metastases, and survival even with chemoembolization decreases considerably. In liver only disease, survival rates are about 2/3 at 1 year, 1/3 at 2 years, wih median survival of around 14 months (median survival with extra hepatic mets is around 3 months). ...Read more

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How to reduce jaundice, birlubin enzme is 3.1. Cause is liver metastatic cancer. Chemotherapy is not possible as well as chemoembolization! Any help?

How to reduce jaundice, birlubin enzme is 3.1. Cause is liver metastatic cancer. Chemotherapy is not possible as well as chemoembolization! Any help?

Consider Radiation: Radiation therapy to the liver may be helpful to reduce symptoms related to liver metastases. Treatment is very minimal compared to other organs treated for metastatic disease and is usually well tolerated. ...Read more

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Should a liver cancer patient receive the 4th tace treatment or not? 60yrs old, surviving 5th year after surgery of getting rid of a bottom tip of liver (5cm) has to make a decision whether to take another treatment, transarterial chemoembolization. Diag

Should a liver cancer patient receive the 4th tace treatment or not? 60yrs old, surviving 5th year after surgery of getting rid of a bottom tip of liver (5cm) has to make a decision whether to take another treatment, transarterial chemoembolization. Diag

Quality of life: Tace doesn't cure liver cancer. It will help extend life in some patients. If you have tolerated treatments in the past without much difficultly it is likely you will not have a huge problem with this treatment either and it could help to extend your life. If you have a really hard time with the procedure and are sick for weeks afterwards you have to take that into account. ...Read more

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Is there a reason to consider chemoembolization when a person has advanced cirrhosis, hepatitis C and blood clotting problems? Radiation has already been ruled out because of the location of the tumor on the liver. What we have read is that patients with

Is there a reason to consider chemoembolization when a person has advanced cirrhosis, hepatitis C and blood clotting problems? Radiation has already been ruled out because of the location of the tumor on the liver. What we have read is that patients with

Chemoembolization: Chemoembolization is one of the many weapons we have to fight liver tumors. Advanced cirrhosis, hep c, and blood clotting problems are not in themselves contraindications for this procedure (although certain lab values such as bilirubin and inr/ platelets must be within a suitable range). You should discuss with an interventional oncologist to see whether it would be suitable for you. ...Read more

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Used to drink a bit. Now concerned about liver desease? Scared of side effects?

Used to drink a bit. Now concerned about liver desease? Scared of side effects?

Check liver function: It usually takes a fair amount of alcohol exposure to get liver disease. I think it depends on what you mean by "a bit". It is easy to get your liver checked by checking a liver function test so see your dr. And share your concerns. ...Read more

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What is the side effects of something wrong with your liver?

What is the side effects of something wrong with your liver?

See your doctor: Fatty liver comes from drinking alcohol (beer, wine, and liquor) as well as obesity. Avoid eating fatty foods and drinking alcohol. If you have bloating or fluid built up in your abdomen (ascites), you may be having liver problems. Your doctor can check your blood work as well as exam you and review your history. ...Read more

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Is 3000 mg of garlic too much? I am cleansing my liver but I want to make sure it will have no side effects.

Is 3000 mg of garlic too much? I am cleansing my liver but I want to make sure it will have no side effects.

Liver cleansing???: How do you know your liver needs cleansing? And what about all the rest of us who don't "cleanse" our livers? Cleansing your liver is like cleansing your colon--neither is necessary and there is no valid medical basis for either. That much garlic is probably not a problem (emphasis on probably), but cleansing your liver is definitely not needed (emphasis on definitely)! you're young and healthy! ...Read more

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Can any of the side effects of actonel (risedronate) affect the liver?

Can any of the side effects of actonel (risedronate) affect the liver?

Not commonly: Any med metabolized by liver can potentially cause liver abnormalities-uncommon with bisphosphonates like actonel (risedronate). More common can be esophageal inflammation, altered chemistries, e.g. Blood calcium level, changes in bone, kidney stones, muscle pains, etc. ...Read more

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What is the safest antibiotic that has the least side effects, allergic reactions, and potential to damage organs like the liver?

What is the safest antibiotic that has the least side effects, allergic reactions, and potential to damage organs like the liver?

Depends: The commonly used antibiotics do not cause organ damage but the dose may need be adjusted if the particular organ has been impaired. There is no drug (or food) which is 100% safe but generally speaking those in the macrolide group (Z pak (azithromycin) etc) have the lowest side effect profile even though erythromycin may cause GI upset in a small % of people. ...Read more

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If gb is removed for a 21 yrs girl, will the liver compensate? Will there be any other complications/side effects? Please elucidate.

GB stores, not make: Bile is made in liver, stored in gb, travels down ducts into small bowel. Bile is a digestive detergent. Can live quite well, for a full lifetime without gb. Can digest food just fine in great majority if cases. Some may have diarrhea for some while after surgery, usually decreases with time. Talk with doc. ...Read more

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I always have the "rare side effects" of any medication prescribed for me-gotten to be predictable- what's wrong with me? Genes? Liver?

Nocebo effect.: Nothing. There is no plausible physiologic explanation for such a phenomena. Rare side effects are generally statistically independent events (unless of course, the side effects are from medications in the same class). Having a rare side effect from more than a few meds has vanishingly low probability. ...Read more

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How about the side effects of the TB cat I drugs? Are they remote? I'm just worried about liver damage and stuff. Thanks

How about the side effects of the TB cat I drugs? Are they remote? I'm just worried about liver damage and stuff. Thanks

Depends: Each drug has a different profile. Inh or isoniazide can occasionally cause liver problems, but these aren't severe and won't cause damage if you are followed closely and the drugs are stopped if any sign of liver irritation develops. ...Read more

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Is animal flex, for example like Universal Animal Flex, has any side effects on kidney or liver or anything? N.B: I lift heavy weights.

Is animal flex, for example like Universal Animal Flex, has any side effects on kidney or liver or anything? N.B: I lift heavy weights.

Neither harmful nor: Particularly effective. Peer-reviewed, scientific evidence is lacking for most of these products. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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When r the new medicines going 2 be available for hepc genotype 1. What are the side effects for these medicines. Have hepc n liver cirohsis?

When r the new medicines going 2 be available for hepc genotype 1. What are the side effects for these medicines. Have hepc n liver cirohsis?

It IS available now: Incivek (telaprevir) is actually available specifically for genotype1. Other med such as victrelis (boceprevir) can be used but must be in conjunction with other med such Ribavirin and/or interferon. I don't have much experience with treating hepatitis c and so can't advise you on the specifics. I would strongly recommend following up with your doc for eval/treatment options. Don't use alcohol! good luck. ...Read more

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Can you drink moderately (1-2/day) while taking Lexapro (escitalopram) without harm to liver, etc? I know it can worsen side effects, but can it do more harm?

Be careful: It is probably harmless to have one drink at a time as the effect will be like two drinks when you combine alcohol with any drugs that affect your brain. So I would not exceed one drink on a particular day. ...Read more

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What are the side effects to drinking alcohol after undergoing three liver transplants?

Needing a 4th: I would say the adverse effect of drinking alcohol after three liver transplants is liver failure and needing a fourth! ...Read more

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Can we take cod liver oil (seven seas capsules) with neurobion Forte? Do we have side effects?

Can we take cod liver oil (seven seas capsules) with neurobion Forte? Do we have side effects?

Probably: I don't know what is in Neurobion Forte but I'm not aware of any known interaction with fish oils and other substances. I think excess amounts of cod liver oil can cause some liver problems but it requires as I recall quite a lot of it to create a problem. ...Read more

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Does drinking chamomile tea can damage your liver? Or what are the side effects of drinking it? I'm drinking it because of my anxiety

Does drinking chamomile tea can damage your liver? Or what are the side effects of drinking it? I'm drinking it because of my anxiety

Tea: Nope. Not in any way. If it did a billion women in the world would be in trouble. This is one of the most commonly used products in the world. ...Read more

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How common are side effects of 6 mp? Like nausea, fatigue? Besides the liver issues I want to know if this medicine will make it hard to live normally

How common are side effects of 6 mp? Like nausea, fatigue? Besides the liver issues I want to know if this medicine will make it hard to live normally

Depends: The amount of side effects you should expect will depend greatly on the amount of bone marrow suppression and gastrointestinal toxicity you experience. This will depend on what the prescribing doctor is trying to achieve. If you are on it for leukemia the side effects may be different than if you are on it chronically for Crohn's. You should speak with your doctor about this. Good luck. ...Read more