What is Lung Suffusion?

May 20, 2014
Todd Demmy, MD

Todd Demmy, MD, clinical chair, Department of Thoracic Surgery, professor of oncology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, describes lung suffusion.

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Todd Demmy, MD, clinical chair, Department of Thoracic Surgery, professor of oncology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, describes lung suffusion. Read more aboutlung suffusion > >

  • "Lung suffusion" was developed and coined by researchers at RPCI.
  • This procedure involves making small incisions, stopping blood flow to one lung, draining blood from the lung, and filling it with chemotherapy.
  • The idea behind this procedure is that a safe dose of chemotherapy can be amplified up to 20x and focused to the area of the tumor only.
  • Lung suffusion is less risky and invasive compared to using a big incision and a heart-lung machine to circulate chemotherapy.