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TheraSphere offers a new treatment option for liver cancer

If you have been diagnosed with inoperable liver cancer, TheraSphere® may be a promising treatment option for you. Through a process known as transarterial radioembolization or selective internal radiation therapy, TheraSphere destroys your tumor from within using millions of glass radioactive beads smaller than the width of a human hair. TheraSphere typically is an outpatient procedure.

TheraSphere treatment involves a four-step process:

  • Pre-planning angiogram - Enables your doctor to determine if you are a suitable candidate for TheraSphere.
  • Treatment - You will be in the procedure for one to two hours. During this time, doctors will insert TheraSphere directly into your tumor via a catheter.
  • Four-week follow-up - You will need to schedule a brief meeting with your doctor in order to discuss your progress.
  • Eight-week follow-up - You will need to return to the hospital to undergo blood tests and a CT / MRI or PET scan. This enables your doctor to detect any improvement in the status of your tumor.

Side effects typically are milder than with other liver cancer treatments. You may experience flu-like symptoms, including mild to moderate fatigue, loss of appetite and nausea. Most patients feel back to normal within a week.

Here is an informative video about TheraSphere:

To learn more about TheraSphere treatment options, please call 704-384-4188 in Charlotte and toll-free 1-866-611-3722 in Winston-Salem.