Regional Perfusion Therapy for Treating Metastases

Metastases are cancers that started in another part of the body and have spread to an adjacent organ or other part of the body.

Metastases are often referred to as secondary cancers. The secondary cancer is the same type of cancer as the primary cancer.

Like primary cancers, many secondary cancers are too advanced to be removed surgically, but remain confined to a single organ or region of the body. For these secondary cancers, regional perfusion may be an option.

Perfusion Therapy Treatment for Metastases

 Disease Description
 Adenomucinosis Cancer that forms in the cells lining the appendix.
 Colorectal Cancer Cancer of the intestine that forms in the colon or rectum.
Mesothelioma Cancer that forms in the lining of the abdominal cavity.
Peritoneal Sarcomatosis Cancerous or precancerous growths in the tissues of the peritoneal cavity.
Pleural Cavity Tumors Tumors found in the space between the lungs and chest wall that contains lubricating pleural fluid.
Primary Serous Adenocarcinoma of the Peritoneum Tumors that begin in the ovaries or endometrial lining of the uterus.
Pseudomyxoma Peritoneii Build-up of cancerous mucus-secreting cells in the peritoneal lining and cavity.

Perfusion Treatments for Metastases

The type of regional perfusion therapy depends on the type and location of your cancer.

Treatments may include:

Learn more about additional treatment options for metastases at UPMC Cancer Centers.

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