Surgical Oncology News

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Limb Perfusion for In-transit Melanoma Reduces Distant Recurrences

Author: Neil Osterweil, Oncology Report Digital Network
Date:
Mar 30, 2012

The type of regional chemotherapy given to patients with in-transit or intralymphatic melanoma of the extremities appears to make a difference in out-of-field recurrences and time to distant recurrence, reported investigators at a symposium of the Society of Surgical Oncology.

A study of 214 patients who underwent either first-time hyperthermic isolated limb perfusion (HILP) or isolated limb infusion (ILI) for in-transit melanomas showed that HILP was associated with significantly more in-field complete responses (P = .01), and a longer median time to out-of-field recurrences, compared with ILI, said Dr. Ketan Sharma of Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC.

"We found that perfusion complete response and infusion complete response exhibit similar degrees of in-field disease control," Dr. Sharma said.

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