What is HIPEC?
Some types of cancers are very difficult to treat. Cancer that has spread to the lining surfaces of the peritoneal (abdominal) cavity from advanced colon, rectal cancer, ovarian cancer, gastric (stomach) cancer, appendiceal cancer, pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP) or from primary peritoneal mesothelioma and primary peritoneal cancer–known as peritoneal carcinomatosis–are such cancers.
However, when these cancers are confined to the peritoneal cavity, Cytoreductive Surgery + Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) becomes an option for candidate patients.
The term “Intraperitoneal” means that the treatment is delivered to the abdominal cavity. The term “Hyperthermic Chemotherapy” means that the solution containing chemotherapy is heated to a temperature greater than normal body temperature.
Before the HIPEC procedure is administered, the surgeon–using standard surgical methods–will remove all visible tumors that can be removed throughout the peritoneal cavity. This is known as cytoreductive surgery. Following cytoreductive surgery, in the operative setting the surgeon will administer the HIPEC Procedure.
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