Hope for cancer patients

A ground-breaking treatment for cancer care has been used for the first time in the country by a consultant from Southampton General Hospital.

Dr Brian Stedman isolated a patient's liver from the their body to allow chemotherapy drugs to be delivered directly and at much higher dosage.

Dr Stedman, who is the lead for pancreatic and hepatobiliary cancer in Southampton, said: "To cut off an organ from the body for 60 minutes, soak it in a high dose of drug and then filter the blood almost completely clean before returning is truly groundbreaking.

"Previously, the outlook for patients specifically suffering from cancer which has spread to the liver has been poor because the effect of standard chemotherapies is limited by the unwanted damage the drug causes to the rest of the body."

The treatment could now be used for a number of other cancers.