Researchers at the Greenebaum Cancer Center at the University of Maryland are testing a new procedure called percutaneous hepatic transfusion (PHP) in patients who have melanoma that is metastatic to the liver. According to oncologist Dr. Richard Alexander, PHP delivers a chemotherapy dose directly to the liver that is ten times what is normally given.
Surgical residents at Massachusetts General Hospital are violating the work rules and thus possibly endangering patients, according the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. But, according to surgical trainees Drs. Parsia Vagefi and Emily Christison-Lagay, the restriction on the number of hours that a surgical resident can work may actually be harming, not helping, patients.