Good Samaritan Hospital is a world-class academic medical center affiliated with both USC and UCLA Schools of Medicine. Good Samaritan Hospital supports six award-winning Centers of Excellence that focus on advancing the science of medicine while providing outstanding patient care with national and internationally renowned physicians. The centers include the Heart & Vascular Center, Comprehensive Orthopaedic Center, Tertiary Retinal Surgery, Pancreatico-Biliary Program, Transfusion-Free Medicine & Surgery Center, and the Davajan-Cabal Center for Perinatal Medicine.
Each year, Good Samaritan Hospital admits approximately 12,500 patients (excluding newborns) and handles more than 74,000 outpatient visits. More than 3,400 deliveries and 6,500 surgeries are performed annually in 18 surgical suites.
Good Samaritan Hospital is expected to complete its new 193,000 square foot Medical Pavilion featuring the Frank R. Seaver Ambulatory Surgery Center in 2016. The new medical pavilion will feature amenities such as a patient friendly lobby, radiation oncology, pharmacy, Women’s Imaging, and Bistro Café on the first floor. The second floor will include 8 outpatient surgery suites and floors 3 to 7 will house ancillary services and physician offices. The Medical Pavilion will offer Los Angeles a leading-edge facility where physicians, patients and family members will feel comfortable in a space designed to enhance the efficiency and convenience of acquiring advanced medical care.
Schedule a conversation with a surgeon today!
HIPEC at Good Samaritan
HIPEC is an alternative and innovative method of delivering chemotherapy, which is commonly used to treat many types of cancer, to the body. Unlike traditional chemotherapy that is delivered intravenously, HIPEC delivers chemotherapy directly into the abdomen making it a good option for cancers that originated in or have spread to the abdominal cavity.
How does HIPEC work?
First, your surgeon removes any visible tumors from the abdomen. Next, HIPEC delivers heated chemotherapy directly inside the abdomen to help destroy any remaining cancer cells and very small tumors that cannot be seen by the surgeon. This is because the chemotherapy circulates inside the abdomen, allowing it to reach more places. The goal of HIPEC is to prevent these cells from growing into new tumors and causing the cancer to return.
What are the benefits of HIPEC procedures?
- HIPEC allows for a higher concentration of chemotherapy to be delivered into the abdomen more effectively and safer than standard chemotherapy, which is delivered intravenously.
- This type of chemotherapy is best at killing cancer cells that are too small to be seen with the naked eye.
- Chemotherapy delivered through HIPEC causes fewer side effects than intravenous chemotherapy. This is because the high concentrations of chemotherapy solution are unable to cross what is known as the peritoneal plasma barrier.
- Experts say that pairing surgery and HIPEC together may be more beneficial than chemotherapy alone.
Am I a candidate for HIPEC?
Typical HIPEC patients are those with certain Stage IV abdominal cancers. Many are seeking an alternative to traditional chemotherapy or radiation therapy, as these options offer limited success treating advanced abdominal cancers. Patients also may have been told that no other treatment will work, but are still hoping to find a solution.