Vassar Brothers Medical Center
45 Reade Place
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601


The physicians and staff at Poughkeepsie Primary Care provide compassionate care to meet the needs of your entire family, from newborns to seniors. As part of Health Quest Medical Practice, our physicians have access to all of the resources of the Health Quest family of award-winning hospitals and other healthcare providers. That means that if you require more specialized care, your provider can refer you to a Health Quest specialist and still remain a key partner on your healthcare team.

If you or a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, your world can be turned upside down. The Dyson Center for Cancer Care, the Dyson Breast Center and Health Quest Medical Practice, P.C. – all part of the Health Quest family – provide a comprehensive cancer care team, right in your neighborhood. The cancer care program encompasses advanced diagnostic imaging, sophisticated radiation treatment technologies and specialized surgical oncology teams. Our growing team of medical oncologists brings a new and innovative approach to cancer care in the Mid-Hudson Valley.

Our care teams take a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach, combined with evidence-based medicine. We meet regularly to discuss cases and address all aspects of a patient’s diagnosis and treatment plan. Our team of certified nurse navigators helps patients and families through the complex world of cancer treatment to make your experience as seamless as possible.

The physicians at the Dyson Cancer Center use specialized therapies to locally target cancer cells directly at the tumor site. These therapies may be used in conjunction with other cancer treatments to reach cancer cells inside the body. The Dyson Center is one of the few cancer centers in the Mid-Hudson Valley to offer these treatments including Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) – a heated chemotherapy treatment (also known as a chemo bath) that is delivered directly to the abdomen during surgery.

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HIPEC at Vassar 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.