Skilled Surgeon Transplants Man's Own Liver Back into His Body During Innovative Cancer Removal Procedure

Richard Vanderslice's primary liver tumor was in a hard-to-reach location near and involving several blood vessels — making tumor removal surgery risky and its success uncertain. UChicago Medicine surgeon John Fung, MD, PhD, took a creative approach to the surgery. Fung proposed a treatment method that involved removing Vanderslice's liver and then cutting out the cancer while the organ is on a table in the operating room. After that, the liver was transplanted back into Vanderslice's body. "Within five minutes of meeting him and talking with him [Dr. Fung], I knew he was my surgeon. I could put my complete and utter trust and faith in him," Vanderslice said.

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