Mercy Health Saint Mary’s is part of Mercy Health –– West Michigan’s most patient-focused health system. It’s founded on the belief that health care works better when patients and professionals work together. And to us, this is more than just an idea –– it’s part of who we are. In fact, it shapes almost everything we do –– from working to accommodate your busy life with flexible appointments to clearly explaining your treatment options, so you can make an informed decision.
When you come to us, you’re not just choosing a doctor or hospital — you’re choosing a health care partner. We will do everything possible to understand your needs, and provide the tools and support you need to live as healthy as possible.
When you come to the Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center, you’ll be surrounded by nationally recognized experts, advanced treatment technologies, and supportive programs and staff.
Our cancer specialists come from some of the most prestigious medical institutions in the world, and our therapeutic options are among the most progressive in the nation, offering breakthrough techniques.
You’ll also be glad to know that we’re one of only 21 centers in the country recognized by the National Cancer Institute as a Community Cancer Centers Program. It’s just further evidence of how we’re advocating for you, improving your access to the latest clinical trials and offering an overall superior level of cancer care.
A cancer journey is not always easy, but we will do all we can to support you and your family during treatment.
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HIPEC at Mercy Health St. Mary’s
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.