Liver  (Hepatocellular)Cancer Issues


Vanderbilt researchers say the newest treatment for inoperable liver tumors is Selective Internal Radiation Therapy, which targets a very high radiation beam at the malignant masses. The procedure uses biocompatible radioactive microspheres that contain yttrium-90 and emit high energy beta radiation.

"The liver doesn't tolerate external beam radiation in sufficient doses to affect tumor without damaging the remaining good liver," says Dr. C. Wright Pinson, lead researcher. "These spheres emit radiation for a short distance, less than a centimeter. If you can cluster radiation right around the tumor, the radiation exposure at the tumor site compared to normal liver is favorable."

The spheres are implanted using a catheter placed in the artery feeding the liver and travel via the blood stream.

They are trapped in the small blood vessels of the tumor but physicians do not have to identify the number or location of tumors because the spheres target the cancerous growth.

The spheres then destroy the tumor without affecting most of the normal liver tissue.

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TACE Shrinks Tumors

Radiology, 10/03

Liver Cancer and Radiofrequency Ablation

University of Florida, February 2001

Three-dimensional Sonography in Liver Ablation
Radifrequency Ablation & Stage Results
Early and Late Recurrence After Radiofrequency Ablation
5% Dextrose Decreases Postprocedural Pain
Liver cancer: ablate and wait versus rapid transplantation
American Liver Society

LINK to information on liver diseases

Prognosis of Pts w/ Metastatic Hepatocellular Ca

Abstract # 3127 ASCO, 2004

Role of Vitamin K2: Prevent Hepatocellular Ca

JAMA, 7/04

Link Between Chronic Hep B & Liver Cancer Sought

Molecular & Cellular Biology, 12/04

Liver Protection w/Amoora rohituka

Intl J Pharmacognosy

Tocotrienol-rich Fraction from Rice Bran Oil & Hepatocarc (rats)

Euro J Cancer Prevention, 12/04

Ginseng and Quality of Life

J Clin Pharm & Therap

Assessing the effects of cannabinoids w/ a less jaundiced eye

J Hepatology, 1/07

Analysis Validates Reduced Risk of Liver Ca by Coffee Drinking

Hepatology, August 2007

Silibinin reduces the growth of Liver Cancer (cell culture)

World J of Gastroenterology, October 2007

Milk Thistle Cuts Liver Toxicity from ALL Chemotherapy
Photodynamic Therapy & Stents for Liver Cancer

Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol, April 2008

Liver Tumor Advocacy Group

LINK: "to provide information, education, support, options, and hope for those affected by liver tumors". Toll free Surivor Line 1-877-937-7478

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