Two thousand Americans are diagnosed with Ocular Melanoma
Now a breakthrough may be on the way for those with
the rare cancer .
that previously had no effective treatment.
Martie Salt has the details.
FORTY-THREE-YEAR-OLD SABRINA FREY fry IS A MOTHER
OF FOUR BOYS.
SHE HAS OCULAR MELANOMA, WHICH HAS METASTASIZED TO
SHE KNOWS SHE MAY BE SHORT ON TIME.
I'm pounding the pavement looking for any option.
SHE HAS SCOURED THE INTERNET IN SEARCH OF ANYTHING
THAT WILL PROLONG HER LIFE.
I tried lots of different things.
I had a liver resection.
I tried immunotherapies.
NOW SHE IS IN THIS OPERATING ROOM TRYING PERCUTANEOUS
per-cue-TAIN-ee-us HEPATIC PERFUSION OR P-H-P.
DOCTOR JONATHAN ZAGER HAS DONE THIS PROCEDURE ON ABOUT
I think it is a breakthrough treatment.
DOCTOR ZAGER SAYS DURING SURGERY THE LIVER IS BLOCKED
OFF FROM THE REST OF THE BODY, THEN SATURATED WITH
HIGH DOSES OF CHEMOTHERAPY THROUGH A CATHETER FOR
A BALLOON PREVENTS OUTFLOW FROM THE LIVER.
We filter the chemotherapy laden blood outside the
body and then the clean blood returns to the patient
with another catheter in their neck.
SABRINA HAS DONE P-H-P THREE TIMES.
SHE CAN DO IT UP TO SIX TIMES ABOUT EVERY EIGHT WEEKS.
We keep on going to second, third, fourth, fifth and
sixth procedure as long as they've tolerated the previous
IT'S WORKING FOR SABRINA.
HER TUMORS ARE SHRINKING.
Some tumors are not actually even visible on my MRI's
DOCTOR ZAGER SAYS SO FAR MOST PATIENTS ARE RESPONDING
WELL TO THIS TREATMENT.
I just have to hold on long enough till they find
IT LOOKS LIKE P-H-P IS HELPING HER DO JUST THAT.
I'M MARTIE SALT, REPORTING.