Embolic Therapy for the Treatment of Liver Metastases

  • Ronald S. Winokur
  • Daniel B. Brown
Reference work entry


Transarterial therapies are playing a larger role for patients with unresectable metastatic disease to the liver. An understanding of treatment options, outcomes, and toxicities is important in a comprehensive treatment environment. The current review discusses existing treatment options including chemoembolization, embolization, and radioembolization. Additionally, outcomes with these different therapies are reviewed for a variety of metastatic processes to the liver. Disease states discussed include colorectal cancer, neuroendocrine tumors, breast cancer, and metastatic uveal melanoma. With each pathologic entity, the relative role of transarterial therapies both individually and as a group in comparison to other treatment methods such as resection and systemic chemotherapy is discussed. Expected side effects and toxicities from transarterial therapies in this diverse group of patients are reviewed as well.


Hepatic Artery Uveal Melanoma Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group Performance Status Cystic Artery Islet Cell Tumor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Diagnostic RadiologyThomas Jefferson UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyThomas Jefferson UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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