Before patients receive HIPEC treatment, doctors perform cytoreductive surgery to remove visible tumors within the abdomen. Cytoreductive surgery is accomplished using various surgical techniques. Once as many tumors as possible have been removed, the heated, sterilized chemotherapy solution is delivered to the abdomen to penetrate and destroy remaining cancer cells. The solution is 41 to 42 degrees Celsius, about the temperature of a warm bath. It’s circulated throughout the abdomen for approximately 1 ½ hours. The solution is then drained from the abdomen and the incision is closed.
HIPEC is a treatment option for people who have advanced surface spread of cancer within the abdomen, without disease involvement outside of the abdomen.
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HIPEC Appendix Cancer Patients Share Their Stories
Last summer, 72-year-old Robert Bochat was carrying a heavy piece of furniture out of his house when…
In October 2018, Amy Short-Ashworth prepared for an advanced cancer procedure involving both surgery and chemotherapy…
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Dr. Onesti instilled confidence from the minute I met her,” said Thies. “She is smart as a whip, and she is pretty inside and out and good at what she does.
‘Dr. Salti gave my life back to me’ The cancer had not come back since my surgery.
“I am so grateful, thankful and confident in Dr. Salti’s abilities. I try very hard not to take anything for granted.”
Northwestern Memorial Hosptial’s first HIPEC procedure has cured a father of appendix cancer. Dr. Ryan Merkow and his team at Northwestern Memorial Hospital suggested Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy.
“After my treatment at Stony Brook, I had a CT scan that showed no sign of cancer.”
“I am pretty optimistic in feeling that this journey is part of my past.”