Regional Perfusion Therapy for Confined Melanoma

Regional perfusion therapy may be a treatment option for tumors resulting from the spread of melanoma that are confined to a single organ or region of the body.

Regionally confined melanoma is a skin cancer that has spread through the bloodstream to another area of the body.

Many tumors that are too advanced to be removed surgically remain confined to a single organ or region of the body. For these cancers, regional perfusion may be an option.

Perfusion Therapy Treatments for Confined Melanoma

 Treatment Description
Isolated Hepatic Perfusion (IHP) A surgical technique used to treat nonresectable melanoma that has spread to the liver.
Percutaneous Hepatic Perfusion (PHP) A minimally invasive procedure that uses small needle punctures in the skin to access the liver, rather than a large incision.
Isolated Limb Perfusion (ILP) A technique that allows chemotherapy medication to be given in a small, confined area — such as in an arm or leg.

Learn more about additional treatment options for melanoma at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center.