Can liver cancer be cured with hepatic artery infusion?
In most cases, chemotherapy is not a cure for liver cancer. Because traditional chemotherapy is not effective in treating liver cancer, physicians sometimes recommend a different form of chemotherapy called hepatic artery infusion (HAI).
Why is a chemo pump used?
They allow you to have chemotherapy in a controlled way. Chemotherapy pumps are also called infusion pumps. When you have chemotherapy through a central line (for example a PICC line) a nurse can attach a pump. This will give a controlled amount of drugs very slowly into your bloodstream.
What is HAI pump?
An HAI pump is about the size of a hockey puck. It is implanted in your skin between your ribs and your pelvis and connected by a small catheter into the hepatic artery, which supplies blood to your liver. We usually implant the pump while we’re performing surgery to remove liver tumors.
What is hepatic arterial chemotherapy?
Hepatic arterial infusion chemotherapy (HAIC), in combination with systemic chemotherapy, leverages a multimodality approach to achieving control of hepatic disease and/or expanding resectability in patients with liver-only disease or liver-dominant disease.
How do you sleep with a chemo pump?
Place the Dosi-Fuser® under or next to your pillow, or on a bedside chair or table, when sleeping. You may use the Dosi-Fuser® clip to secure the pump to your pillow case. Do not place under your bedcovers during sleep. Do not sleep with the pump or fanny pack attached to your body.
What is the pump for after chemo?
Your pump is a small, lightweight device that will put chemotherapy into your bloodstream at a steady rate. This is called a continuous infusion of chemotherapy.
How successful is hepatic artery infusion?
Overall survival was 24.4 months in the HAI group compared with 20 months in the systemic group (P = . 0034). Two-year survival was also greater in the HAI group compared with systemic therapy: 51% vs. 35%, respectively.
What is the function of hepatic artery?
The common hepatic artery is a short blood vessel that supplies oxygenated blood to the liver, pylorus of the stomach, duodenum, pancreas, and gallbladder.