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IASIS Health Fix: How HIPEC treatment can improve appendix, colon, stomach, and ovarian cancer outcomes

Posted at 1:37 PM, Sep 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-15 15:37:07-04

HIPEC is an acronym for hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy. This is a form of cancer treatment using highly concentrated, heated chemotherapy that is delivered directly to the abdominal cavity in closer proximity to the cancer cells during surgery.

Unlike systemic chemotherapy, which circulates the chemotherapy drugs throughout the body intravenously or orally, HIPEC delivers heated chemotherapy in much higher doses to maximize absorption of the drugs and target hidden cancer cells in the abdomen.

How HIPEC works

HIPEC is combined with cytoreduction surgery, which is a tumor-removing surgery. After the tumors have been removed, the surgeon places catheters in the abdomen and temporarily closes the incision sites around the tubes. The abdomen is then filled with a concentrated chemotherapy solution and the heated fluid is circulated within the abdomen. Every surface in the abdominal cavity is covered, and then the solution is drained.

The idea behind this type of procedure is to eradicate hidden cancer cells in the abdomen and prevent the development of new tumors.

HIPEC for appendix, colon, stomach, and ovarian cancers

For patients with appendix, colon, stomach, or ovarian cancer, HIPEC can offer a more aggressive approach to treating the disease, especially in individuals with advanced-stage or recurrent cancer.

Possible advantages of HIPEC

  • Highly concentrated dose of chemotherapy in one targeted area
  • Minimizes the body’s exposure to chemotherapy outside of the abdomen
  • Improves chemotherapy absorption
  • Reduces some chemotherapy side effects

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