Transarterial Chemoembolization (TACE)

  • Description - Transarterial Chemoembolization (TACE) is a minimally invasive, image guided treatment for malignant (cancerous) lesions in the liver.  The procedure uses a catheter to deliver both chemotherapy medicationand embolization materials into the blood vessels that lead to the tumor. This allows the physician to treat tumors that are not accessible using conventional surgery or radiation treatments. As a minimally invasive procedure, TACE involves a smaller incision, fewer risks of complication and less recovery time than a traditional surgery.


  • Procedure Consultation- Prior to scheduling your procedure a consultation appointment will be made with an ADI Interventional Radiology Professional (Radiologist, Physician's Assistant or Nurse Practioner) to provide you with information regarding all aspects of the TACE procedure including benefits and potential risks.


  • Procedure - In preparation for your procedure an intravenous (IV) line is inserted to give you sedation medication to make you more comfortable during the procedure. A small incision is made in the groin area whereby under image guidance the Interventional Radiologist will pass a catheter through your  blood vessels to the liver. The physician will then use this catheter to deliver the targeted chemotherapy medication and the embolization materials that block blood flow to the tumor.


  • Preparation - You must not eat solid foods, candy, gum or drink liquids after midnight the night before the procedure.