Transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) is one of the best methods of cancer treatment in terms of effectiveness and safety. It is a minimally invasive procedure that is performed under local anesthesia. The main indications for chemoembolization are primary and metastatic cancer. In 95% of cases, it is performed for malignant tumor metastases.
The essence of chemoembolization
Chemoembolization is a modern high-tech method combining two effective ways to treat tumors:
1 Regional chemotherapy implies injection of chemotherapeutic drugs directly into the vessels feeding the tumor. Such selective injection allows delivering high doses of themedicine directly to the tumor while reducing the toxic effects on healthy body tissues.
2 Embolization implies the blockage of tumor blood supply by injecting a suspension of emboli (special small particles) into the vessels feeding the tumor. This "closing" of the vessels restricts the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the tumor, which stops or significantly slows down its growth.
There are diverse emboli which differ in their physical properties and sizes. All emboli are a suspension of small particles produced from biologically inert materials.
Currently, emboli with physical properties that allow the accumulation of chemotherapeutic drugs have been developed for chemoembolization. Before chemoembolization, such emboli are "loaded" with the necessary dose of chemotherapy drug, which is slowly (over 4-6 weeks) released into the bloodstream after an injection. Thus, a prolonged effect of regional chemotherapy is achieved. The drug selectively affects the tumor over a long period (up to 6 weeks).
Transarterial chemoembolization for pancreatic cancer
Pancreatic cancer is one of the most dangerous gastro-intestinal tumors. To date, the treatment results remain unsatisfactory, with up to 95% of patients dying within a year after diagnosis making. In 80% of cases, the tumor is localized in the head of the pancreas, in 10% of cases malignant neoplasm is found both in the body and in the tail of the organ.
Treatment of pancreatic cancer with tumor embolization ensures prolonged contact of a tumor with a high concentration of injected drug and contributes to a significant increase in the anti-tumor effect without increasing the total dose of medicine and toxic load on the patients with cancer.
Transarterial chemoembolization is usually indicated for patients with pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Administration of the technique requires obligatory histological confirmation of the diagnosis, as well as the use of modern methods of examination for accurate preoperative determination of the disease stage. Such tasks can be solved if the complex examination includes positron emission tomography, percutaneous needle biopsy under ultrasound control, and angiography. The diagnosis must be confirmed by biopsy.
How much does chemoembolization cost?
The indications for this method are determined after the comprehensive examination and diagnosis confirmation. The transarterial chemoembolization price, as well as the necessity of admission to the hospital for treatment, can be clarified by contacting the chosen healthcare facility.
However, generally, the cost of transarterial chemoembolization for adrenal cancer starts at 23,810 EUR, the cost of treatment of pancreatic cancer with tumor embolization starts at 23,705 EUR, and the cost of treatment of stomach cancer starts at 23,740 EUR.
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