The incidence of liver cancer continues to increase significantly in the population in recent years. There are two separate groups as tumors arising from the liver itself and tumors that have spread to the liver from another organ (metastasis). If both groups we mentioned can be given the chance to be surgical first, surgical removal may be the first treatment option. In patients who cannot or do not want to have an operation
TARE/ Microcure -atom therapy is a current, specific and successful treatment method. TARE/Microcure-atom therapy is a method that has been used in Western and Far Eastern countries for many years. The changes made to the treatment have started to make its popularity spread all over the world.
TARE/Microcure-atom therapy has become a hope for patients who cannot be treated otherwise. In many cancer patients who did not respond to chemotherapy, cancer tissue was reduced with this treatment. Patients who could not be operated before became operable after this treatment.
Radiolabeled microspheres are used in TARE/Microcure-atom therapy. These tiny globules contain a radioactive substance called Yttrium-90 (Y-90). Microspheres are placed into the cancerous tissue and treatment is applied. Thanks to the placement made directly on the target tissue, the surrounding tissues are not damaged. After placement, a high rate of radiation is applied and cancer cells are cleaned. This treatment, after the joint decision of radiology and nuclear medicine experts; It is applied together with radiologists and nuclear medicine specialists.
TARE/Microcure -atom therapy, which is a treatment method that can be applied to patients with liver cancer or cancers that have spread (metastasized) to the liver, is only for the treatment of cancer tissues in the liver. It does not show any effect against cancers other than liver.
TARE/Microcure-atom therapy is applied by placing a thin tube called a catheter into the hepatic artery and sending a patient-specific amount of Y-90 microspheres into the cancerous tissue through this catheter. Millions of spheres are sent at a time. The whole process takes about 60-90 minutes. During this period, the patient can sleep or stay awake by working with the treatment team without sleeping.
The key to TARE/Microcure-atom therapy is that the power of conventional radiation therapy is directed directly at the cancerous tissue. Thus, the effect of the treatment is strengthened and other tissues are not damaged by radiation. At the same time, it does not cause any side effects other than short-term and treatable abdominal pain, nausea, mild fever and fatigue in some patients.
After this treatment, patients are kept in the hospital for 1 day.