All types of organic tissue, both primitive and metastatic, can be reached through selective arteriography by utilizing a catheter positioned in the hepatic artery through which it is possible to administer 500 cm3 5 % solution daily, possibly combining this with oral intake.
The regression always takes place if there is a sufficient quantity of working hepatic parenchyma – at least 30 % – even in the presence of an infection from hepatitis virus. The life expectancy is a function of the size of the masses and it can increase constantly as treatments are repeated over time up to the restoration of normal life conditions.
The therapeutic scheme normally includes a cycle via the artery of 6-7 days, repeated every 3-4 weeks and a teaspoon of bicarbonate dissolved in water taken on an empty stomach during the rest day in the intermediate period. Although rare, side effects occurring during the therapy are:
- elevation of body temperature up to 38 °C, in some cases up to 39°C
- moderate hypertension/hypotension episodes
- pain in the hepatic area, caused by the action of bicarbonate in the presence of hemorrhagic elements
- urinary retention
All the symptoms described above are caused by the bicarbonate that immediately disintegrates the masses causing regress in a short time – about 30-60 minutes – through abundant oral hydration or with the administration of phleboclyses that dilutes the catabolites. The phleboclyses contain 10 % glucose solution with the addition of potassium chloride and physiological solutions.
In addition to the above therapeutic scheme, it may sometimes be useful to position a small catheter directly inside the neoplastic mass in which we can infuse the sodium bicarbonate in order to attack a mass that does not regress fast enough. If appropriately treated, liver cancer regresses in a very high percentage of cases (90%) with equally elevated final recovery rates (70-80%). The exceptions are cases where all or a vast part of hepatic parenchyma (the hepatic matter) has been replaced by the neoplastic masses.