Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) treats advanced stage abdominal cancers, including appendiceal (appendix) cancer, colorectal cancer, primary peritoneal cancer, peritoneal mesothelioma, ovarian and stomach cancer. It is a highly concentrated, heated chemotherapy treatment that is delivered directly to the abdomen during surgery. Unlike systemic chemotherapy delivery, which circulates throughout the body, HIPEC delivers chemotherapy directly to cancer cells in the abdomen. This allows for higher doses of chemotherapy treatment. Heating the solution may also improve the absorption of chemotherapy drugs by tumors and destroy microscopic cancer cells that remain in the abdomen after surgery. The technology minimizes the rest of the body’s exposure to chemotherapy; and reduces some chemotherapy side effects. Before the patient receives HIPEC treatment, our experts perform cytoreductive surgery to remove visible tumors from the abdomen. It is a novel technique in which those abdominal malignancies are treated which were previously thought to be untreatable and were offered only palliative care.

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