Regional Chemotherapy Defined

What is Regional Chemotherapy (RCT)?

regional chemotherapy definedTo make sure that Regional Chemotherapy defined properly, we need to take a trip into history. Originally this procedure was developed in 1950s in the USA. Simply speaking, Regional Chemotherapy is defined as chemotherapy restricted to one region of the body or to one organ. During an RCT treatment patients receive chemotherapeutic agents via arterial blood, which supplies a specific tumor or body part. In effect, the procedure allows to isolate a tumor and to target it directly with a powerful dose of specific medication. Thus, because of the direct targeting, the tumor absorbs a greater amount of the administered cytotoxic agents. As an outcome, the effect of the drugs on the tumor is more damaging, offering higher efficacy of the procedure.

Immediately following regional chemotherapy treatment, cancer patients undergo a process of chemofiltration of the blood. This process allows to remove the excess of the medication from the blood stream. Because of this process two things are possible. One is a higher drug concentration at the tumor site. Two is significant minimization of side effects in the patients. Dr. Klopp and Dr. Biermann, USA, first observed and reported this outcome in 1950s.

Despite being in existence for about six decades, Regional Chemotherapy still has the status of an alternative cancer treatment method.

What are the advantages of Regional Chemotherapy cancer treatment?

Being restricted to a single body region or organ, Regional Chemotherapy delivers lethal concentration of a cytotoxic drug directly to the tumor, where it is needed. Therefore, it spares the rest of the body from unwanted intervention. Systemic detoxification by way of blood chemofiltration after each RCT treatment helps to minimize debilitating side effects, as compared with traditional systemic chemotherapy.

Dr. K. R. Aigner, the foremost practitioner of modern RCT, notes that 95% of his patients tolerated regional chemotherapy treatments very well. As an outcome, he points out, the patients experience better quality of life. Often they feel improvement almost immediately following the treatments. Side effects, like nausea and vomiting, are rare after RCT procedures.

Below you can watch an interview with Prof. Aigner where he answers questions and discusses Regional Chemotherapy cancer treatment.

Following this part 1 of the interview, you can watch part 2 here.

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