Perfusions for sarcomas
Some sarcomas on the arms or legs cannot be surgically removed without causing functional impairments, or even amputation. If this is the case, we will use isolated limb perfusions to treat the sarcoma (like merkel cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma).
Isolated limb perfusion is a treatment in which the blood circulation of an arm or a leg is isolated during chemotherapy. By closing off circulation, the medicine cannot spread through the body, which allows for a higher dose.
The surgery aims to shrink or destroy the tumor and/or metastases. If your tumor has decreased in size, we can reassess whether surgical removal is possible - or necessary - without harming the arm or leg several months after your treatment. Most patients receiving the treatment do see a decrease in tumor size allowing for surgical removal, although your chances depend on the tumor type and several other factors.