Sometimes amputations are used to treat certain cancers
that develop in a person's limb.
But a therapy that was developed decades ago is now
gaining ground with doctors who are trying to save
both lives .
Martie Salt has the details.
BASKETBALL COACH MIKE HLADKY lad-KEY WAS FACED WITH
ONE OF THE TOUGHEST TIME OUTS OF HIS LIFE.
CANCER WAS EATING AWAY AT HIS RIGHT ARM.
There's a malignant tumor wrapped around my nerves
tendons and muscles from wrist to the center of my
forearm here and it's inoperable.
HE WAS DAYS AWAY FROM AMPUTATION.
BUT THEN HE MET DOCTOR JONATHAN ZAGER.
DOCTOR ZAGER OFFERED ANOTHER WAY, SOMETHING CALLED
ISOLATED LIMB INFUSION.
To keep my arm, I said you bet.
DOCTORS TARGET THE TUMOR BY DELIVERING AS MUCH AS
TEN TIMES THE NORMAL AMOUNT OF CHEMOTHERAPY.
FIRST, THEY ISOLATE THE ARM WITH CATHETERS THEN