Located on an expanded north Fort Wayne campus, Parkview Regional Medical Center features quiet healing spaces, advanced medical specialties and amazing new technologies. The campus is designed for easy access from all major roadways.
This unique medical center provides more than 440 private patient rooms within this home-like environment for the comfort of our patients and their families. Teamwork among physicians, nurses and other professionals supports the facility’s status as level II adult and pediatric trauma centers, an accredited pain center and a certified primary stroke center. Parkview Regional Medical Center also features specialty centers for orthopedics, women’s and children’s health, cancer and cardiovascular care.
Patient care areas are equipped with “smart” technology, which enhances efficiency of our physicians and staff members, allowing them to spend more time where it matters — with our patients.
At Parkview, we’re not waiting until our new cancer institute is built to advance the way we care for you. We’re doing it now.
One example is our use of the latest endoscopic technology to diagnose and stage certain cancers earlier than ever before — when they’re at their most treatable stage. Shortening the time you spend waiting for answers. And getting your treatment started as quickly as possible.
Schedule a conversation with a surgeon today!
HIPEC at Parkview Regional Medical
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.