If your cancer involves the lining of the abdominal cavity (peritoneum), you may be a candidate for hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC). This therapy delivers a high concentration of heated cancer-fighting drugs directly to the cancerous area.
During the procedure, our oncologists surgically remove visible tumors, then direct an infusion of high-dose chemotherapy drugs into the abdominal area to destroy remaining cancer cells. The innovative procedure minimizes exposure to the rest of the body, reduces side effects of chemotherapy and improves curative effects.
Only our team of cancer experts at Goshen Center for Cancer Care have the experience and training to perform this advanced surgical treatment in our region.
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HIPEC at Goshen Center for Cancer Care
Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) treats certain advanced cancers of the abdomen, including peritoneal cancer. It delivers a high concentration of heated cancer-fighting drugs directly to the cancerous area.
Sometimes called hot chemotherapy or heated chemotherapy, HIPEC minimizes exposure to the rest of the body, reduces side effects of chemotherapy and improves curative efforts.
Why we may recommend heated chemotherapy
There are several advantages to HIPEC:
- Heating the chemotherapy (usually between 103 and 107 degrees Fahrenheit) increases its ability to kill cancer cells.
- Instilling chemotherapy in the abdominal space puts it in direct contact with the cancer cells. It also allows our doctors to use higher doses than traditional chemotherapy. Direct contact and high doses help kill more cancer cells.
- Most of the chemotherapy stays in the abdominal space, decreasing side effects in the rest of the body.
- It’s a single treatment.
Our experts may recommend HIPEC if your advanced peritoneal cancer hasn’t responded to other treatments. It’s also a potential treatment for other advanced cancers in the abdomen, including colorectal cancer, appendix cancer, soft tissue sarcomas, Wilms tumor and some gynecological cancers.
What to expect from a HIPEC surgery and recovery
The first step to your HIPEC procedure is surgery to remove visible tumors. This is called cytoreductive or debulking surgery. Your surgeon then heats the chemotherapy solution and applies it into the open abdominal space. The chemotherapy circulates for up to two hours through the abdomen with a pump. When the treatment is complete, we pump out the chemotherapy and close the incision.
As you recover, you will have an IV or feeding tube. This allows your digestive system to rest and heal for about two weeks. You may also need to have traditional chemotherapy through an IV to help delay a recurrence.