Mercy Medical Center
1111 6th. Ave
Des Moines, IA. 50314

State-of-the-art surgical care for Mercy Cancer Center patients is provided by surgical oncologists from Mercy Surgical Affiliates. Our surgeons collaborate with medical and radiation oncologists to provide evaluation and therapy for patients with primary, advanced and recurrent cancer disease.

Our surgeons use the most advanced techniques and procedures to provide optimal care for our patients. Our surgical oncologists are the only surgeons in Iowa to provide some techniques, such as Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC).

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HIPEC at Mercy Medical

What is Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC)?

Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) is a heated chemotherapy solution that is used in conjunction with cytoreductive surgery. Cytoreductive surgery is performed first to remove visible tumors from the abdominal area.

Following the surgery, heated chemotherapy solution is added to the abdominal cavity to destroy non-visible or microscopic tumor cells that may remain after surgery. Heat helps kill the cancer cells and also enhances the effect of chemotherapy.

How is Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) performed?

Following the cytoreductive surgery, several tubes are inserted in the abdominal cavity. The abdominal cavity is then flooded with the heated chemotherapy solution and the solution is pumped throughout for approximately 90 minutes. This method allows the heated chemotherapy to reach all surfaces of the abdominal cavity and treat the microscopic cancer cells that could potentially form new cancerous tumors.

Who should receive Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC)?

Used in conjunction with cytoreductive surgery, HIPEC can improve survival and quality of life for patients who would have limited hope for a solution to their advanced cancer.

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