isolated limb perfusion

Pronunciation: (I-soh-LAY-ted LIM per-FYOO-zhun)

A procedure that may be used to deliver anticancer drugs directly to an arm or leg. The flow of blood to and from the limb is temporarily stopped with a tourniquet (a tight band around the limb), and anticancer drugs are put directly into the blood of the limb. This allows the person to receive a high dose of drugs in the area where the cancer occurred. Also called limb perfusion.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Date last modified: 2008-04-01