Tumour embolisation - image description

The illustration shows how tumour embolisation is done for a kidney cancer. It shows the chest and abdomen (trunk) of a person, containing two kidneys. At the centre of the right kidney is a tumour. Also shown are the major blood vessels that connect the kidneys and flow down the legs through the groin. A thin plastic tube (catheter) has been put into the blood vessel in the right side of the groin. The catheter leads up through the blood vessel and into the right kidney. Attached to the catheter, outside of the body, is a syringe that contains the substance used to block the blood supply to the tumour.