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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


isolated hepatic perfusion  listen  (I-soh-LAY-ted heh-PA-tik per-FYOO-zhun)

  A procedure in which a catheter is placed into the artery that provides blood to the liver. A second catheter is placed into the vein that takes blood away from the liver. This temporarily separates the liver's blood supply from blood circulating throughout the rest of the body and allows high doses of anticancer drugs to be directed to the liver only.