What is Regional Chemotherapy cancer treatment?
Regional chemotherapy (RCT) is chemotherapy restricted to one region of the body or to one organ. The principle of regional chemotherapy treatment is to reduce the size of typically extensive tumours without harming patients. Compared with systemic chemotherapy, RCT mitigates and largely prevents side effects by means of immediate post-treatment detoxification through chemofiltration.
RCT can result in total tumour regression or a reduction in tumour size, including any regional metastases. It can also change a previously non-resectable (non-operable) tumor into a resectable one. Such remaining tumours can then often be removed surgically.