with micro spheres

El Dr. José Ignacio Bilbao, especialista en radiología intervencionista de la Clínica Universidad de Navarra

learn more about radioembolisation

Hepatocarcinoma is the most common primary tumour in the liver. It's the fifth leading cause of death for cancer in the world and is very frequent in Spain: between 5,000 and 8,000 patients contract it every year. The Clínica Universidad de Navarra has more than 25 years' experience in the treatment of this tumour and we are leaders in investigation in this area.

Nowadays, we have a wide variety of treatments: hepatic transplant, liver resection surgery, chemoembolization, radioembolisation or more simple techniques, like radiofrequency ablation. In the past two or three years we have also had drugs available which are capable of acting systematically against specific stages of the disease.

El Dr. Sangro explica en qué consiste el tratamiento con radioembolización hepática y qué resultados consigue. Consiste en la administración en la arteria hepática a través de un  catéter de unas esferas microscópicas cargadas de Ytrio-90, un elemento  emisor de radiación de escasa penetración. La radiación que emiten estas  microesferas ataca lentamente al tumor,  respetando el hígado sano consiguiendo unos excelentes resultados en el control de la enfermedad.
Know in what radioembolisation consists. [Video only available in Spanish]
  • Sometimes, a small number of micro spheres can go to other parts of the body like the gallbladder, stomach or lung. If this occurs, it can cause an inflammation in these areas and it would be necessary to administer additional treatment.
  • Although this complication is rare (occurring in only 5% of cases), certain patients' liver can be especially sensitive to the effect of the radiation and may develop hepatitis or jaundice.

Radioemolisation can be an alternative for patients that are unable to have chemoembolization or both can be used, and in certain situations, this can be more effective”.

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