Percutaneous Hepatic Perfusion PHP

Overview:

Cancer specialists at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center in Baltimore are testing a new procedure to treat melanoma that has spread to the liver, targeting tumors with a dose of chemotherapy that is 10 times stronger than patients could otherwise tolerate.

The procedure is called Percutaneous Hepatic Perfusion. Doctors use a specially designed delivery system with catheters and filters to make sure the cancer-fighting drug is applied only to the liver, thereby reducing the risk of damaging nearby organs and minimizing possible side effects for patients.

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This page was last updated: September 5, 2014

         
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