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Radiother Oncol. 1998 Jul;48(1):1-4.

Hyperthermic isolated limb perfusion with tumour necrosis factor and melphalan as treatment of locally advanced or recurrent soft tissue sarcomas of the extremities.

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Department of Surgical Oncology, Groningen University Hospital, The Netherlands.


Hyperthermic isolated limb perfusion (HILP) with various chemotherapeutic agents has been used for the local treatment of high-grade soft tissue sarcomas (STS) of the extremities, but in most cases with a disappointing result. Most regimens should certainly not be considered superior to surgery plus radiotherapy. Although the majority of extremity STS can be resected locally, some have a very large size and are in close proximity to bones, nerves or blood vessels. In these cases, amputation is the only means of resecting the tumour. A new combination of drugs used in the set-up of HILP with tumour necrosis factor-alpha and melphalan has emerged as a very promising option for the limb-saving management of locally advanced STS. In recent studies, complete response rates of approximately 30% and partial remission rates of 50% have been achieved, while the overall limb-salvage rate is more than 80%.

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