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A multidisciplinary team can then create a treatment plan with the latest technology thanks to the speed of diagnosis and advances in imaging equipment and techniques. Our results from hepatic transplants at the Clínica are amongst the best in the world.

We carry out conventional interventional radiology (radiofrequency or arterial embolization) which have similar results for their efficiency and safety to some of the best centres in the world.

With more than 20 years’ experience, we have all the embolization particles on the market available to us and use radioembolisation, a technique which is currently not used by any other Spanish hospital.


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Hepatic radioembolisation is a new treatment for both primary (hepatocarcinoma) and secondary (hepatic metastasis) inoperable tumours.

It consists in administering radiation directly on to the tumour, whilst avoiding the healthy liver tissue.

One of the main characteristics of the Clínica is its constant investigation including the development of new technologies in the fight against cancer. One of these techniques is hepatic radioembolisation for which the Clínica is a European centre of reference with more than 300 treatments carried out successfully. 

La radioembolización es un tratamiento novedoso para los tumores hepáticos no operables. 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.
Radioembolisation is a novel treatment for inoperable liver tumors. [Video only available in Spanish]

Functional and conservative surgery as opposed to the radical techniques used in the past.

The improvement in diagnoses has produced an important change in surgical procedures. Before they were radical and harsh, whereas now they functional, conservative and complex.

A central laparoscopic pancreatectomy removes benign pancreatic tumours or in some cases, highly localised potential malignant tumours. It is a minimally invasive technique which is pioneering in Spain and developed by surgeons at the ´Clínica Universidad de Navarra´ who have worldwide experience of this technique.

Hepatic resection surgery is carried out in patients with primary or secondary tumours in the liver. The tumour can only be surgically removed in very few cases due to the poor condition of the rest of the liver.

An alternative is a liver transplant and the results for this at the Clínica are amongst some of the best in the world. 

Chemotherapy fights against tumorous cells.

The main objective of chemotherapy is to destroy tumorous cells to reduce the disease´s impact on the body. It combines a wide variety of drugs, which make the treatment more effective. Chemotherapy stops or delays the growth of tumorous cells which results in a reduced number of relapses and an increased survival rate for the patient.

It is administered in cycles, alternating treatment and rest periods. The administration process is varied: it is usually carried out intravenously, but can also be done orally, intraperitoneally, intrathecally or intrahepatically, depending on the location of the disease. 

Biological Therapies have less secondary effects than other treatments

Biological Therapies are treatments which, unlike Chemotherapy, use specially designed drugs to block specific aspects of the biological makeup of the tumour being treated.

Therefore, Biological Therapies are more selective of tumorous cells, produce less side effects than chemotherapy, for example, and this means that higher doses of drugs can be administered. 

A good immune system is fundamental for the development and control of tumours.

This treatment aims to repair and increase the patient´s immune´s system response. The immune system is fundamental for the development and control of tumours.

Vaccines are a type of active immunotherapy which fight against the tumorous antigens. The disease´s impact is reduced and the combination of chemotherapy and immunotherapy means that this is a good option as an additional treatment for patients and it also has less side effects. 

External Radiotherapy is painless and administered as an outpatient treatment.

External Radiotherapy involves using ionising radiation (electromagnetic waves) generated by radiation equipment which is positioned at some distance from the patient (linear accelerators). The treatment is painless and the patient feels nothing, it is administered as an outpatient treatment during a course of a number of daily sessions (fractions).

Three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (3DCRT) precisely locates the tumour, efficiently protecting the surrounding healthy organs from the radiation.

Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) is one of the latest external radiation treatments and is only found in highly specialised oncological treatment centres. 

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