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'Shake and bake' chemo for some advanced cancers

Discussion in 'Science & Technology' started by twilyth, Dec 3, 2011.

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    This has been around for about a decade but has been very controversial since it involves so many internal organs and requires the patient's thoracic cavity to be open for so long. However for very advanced and aggressive forms of certain cancers like colon and appendix, it seems to provide some hope.

    The procedure involves creating a long incision in the thorax, cutting out the visible tumors and then flooding the thoracic (peritoneal?) cavity with chemo drugs that have been heated to 108F. Then the surgeon manually shakes the patient for about 1.5 hours.

    Note: Some new developments were reported tonight on CBS news but I couldn't find a link.

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