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What are the side effects and benefits of arterial chemotherapy infusion?

In reality, however, depenign on the chemotherapeutic agent used, much of the drug does end up in the rest of the body. Therefore, selective intra-arterial chemotherapy can cause the usual systemic (body-wide) side effects. In addition, this treatment can resultin some regional side effects, such as inflammation of the gallbladder(cholecystitis), intestinal and stomach ulcers, and inflammation of the pancreas(pancreatitis). HCC patients with advanced cirrhosis may develop liver failure after this treatment. Well then, what is the benefit of intra-arterial chemotherapy? The bottom line is that fewer than 50% of HCC patients will experience a reduction in tumor size.

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Comment from: yelrose48, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 03

My side effects from arterial chemotherapy are mild pain and nausea.

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Comment from: Jeff, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: April 24

My husband had the chemoembolization done 6 days ago and continues to sleep 22 out of 24 hours. He did not drink more than a few sips for 2 days after and did not eat for 4 days. He lost 17 pounds in 4 days. He described searing, intense pain when the chemo was injected into the liver and contributed to his blood pressure going up to 210/146, and vomiting. He is improving each day and no longer has nausea or pain but continues to have extreme fatigue. They said he would have fatigue, pain and nausea a few days and would gradually get better so each day is improving for him.

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