Chemoembolization of hepatocellular carcinoma in cases of isolated liver involvement

M. Galanski, E. Schmoll, S. Reichelt, G. Böhmer, M. Prokop, C. Schaefer, A. Schüler, B. Ringe, F. Schmidt and H. Schmoll

Radiologe 1992;32(2):49-55.


Chemoembolization is an effective treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma, giving results equally as good as surgical therapy for T2 tumours. Survival can be prolonged and side-effects can be reduced by combining Lipiodol and Gelfoam for chemoembolization, employing a modified technique, with repeated procedures, and using appropriate follow-up treatment. The toxicity of the procedure is acceptable, but it requires supportive therapy necessitating an intense interdisciplinary co-operation.