For treatment of liver cancer, Y90 or Radioembolization is an effective and minimally invasive procedure. Y90 combines embolization and radiation therapy. It is estimated that last year alone over 18,000 people, in the United States alone, died of liver cancer. This includes both primary liver cancer and intrahepatic (within the liver) bile duct cancer.
Y-90 Radioembolization Treatment
- Radioactive microspheres (tiny beads) are injected through a catheter from the groin into the liver artery supplying the tumor
- The beads become lodged within the tumor vessels
- The beads emit radiation locally
- This allows for a very high local dose of radiation to be delivered to affected area
- Results in little danger from radiation to the healthy tissues in the body
- For one week after your treatment, you may experience pain in upper, right side of abdomen.
- Some patients report feeling tired for up to 3 weeks after treatment.
- You may experience nausea for a few days. Drink plenty of fluids and eater smaller, more frequent meals.
- Your physician may limit your movement for a few days after treatment.
Finally, please check with your physician for a complete and detailed list of Post-Treatment Procedures.