Often, cancer of the colon, ovaries, appendix or other organs within the abdomen spreads to the lining of the abdominal cavity  a condition known as peritoneal carcinomatosis or peritoneal surface malignancy. Pseudomyxomas Peritonei and primary Mesothelioma are two other cancers that can result in carcinomatosis. Sometimes you may not even be aware that you have this condition, only that your cancer is "advanced" or "late-stage". Until recently, treatment options could only provide relief from symptoms, with no hope of stopping the disease from recurring or prolonging life.


Now, surgeons can dramatically increase hope for people with peritoneal surface malignancies by combining surgery with a procedure known as HIPEC.

What is HIPEC?

HIPEC (Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemoprofusion) is a procedure done immediately following surgery in the operating room, that delivers heated chemotherapy directly into the abdominal cavity, where it can penetrate diseased tissue directly. After the surgeon removes as much visible cancer as possible, he will circulate heated chemotherapy throughout your abdomen to kill the remaining cancer cells that are too small to be seen. The heated chemotherapy is circulated for 90-120 minutes then is removed and your abdomen is flushed with a sterile solution.


This combination therapy is effective at slowing or preventing recurrence of the disease, and can add quality--months--even years--to your life. After recovery, you can pick up where you left off and go back to work, exercise or whatever it is you like to do. 

How HIPEC works...

Heat kills cancer cells at temperatures where normal cells remain unharmed. Heating the chemotherapeutic agents makes them more effective at killing cancer cells than they would be at normal temperatures. Circulating the heated chemotherapy throughout the peritoneal or abdominal cavity allows the drugs to be distributed thoroughly and penetrate directly, without subecting you to the side effects of these drugs if given intravenously.

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