Breast Cancer Chemoembolization
A new, highly-advanced breast cancer treatment
When breast cancer metastasizes, the disease has spread from the breast to other parts of the body through the bloodstream. The liver is a common site for breast cancer to spread, since the body’s blood supply is filtered by the liver. To fight breast cancer that has spread to the liver, the breast cancer experts at Hurley Medical Center use an innovative treatment called chemoembolization. In fact, Hurley is the only hospital in the region offering this state-of-the-art procedure.
Chemoembolization allows high doses of chemotherapy drugs to be targeted directly to the cancerous portion of the liver for a longer period of time, without exposing a patient’s entire body to the drugs.
In chemoembolization, a Hurley specialist administers a highly-concentrated dose of chemotherapy drugs, followed by tiny beads called microspheres, directly into blood vessels that feed the liver tumor. The goal is to block blood flow to the tumor and/or the surrounding tissue. Without a blood supply, the tumor no longer has the oxygen and nutrients it needs to grow. Your doctor will determine if you are a candidate for this therapy.
Hurley Breast Health Nurse Navigator
From diagnosis to treatment to long-term follow-up, Hurley Medical Center’s Breast Health Nurse Navigator helps breast cancer patients navigate the complicated and stressful world of breast cancer. Click here for more information about the Breast Health Nurse Navigator program at Hurley Medical Center.