If you have been diagnosed with hard-to-treat abdominal cancers, such as colorectal cancer, you may have been recommended HIPEC cancer treatment. Designed to treat certain types of cancer, this two-stage treatment has proven to effectively combat cancerous cells.
Here, you will learn what HIPEC cancer treatment is, its benefits, and how it is performed.
What is HIPEC cancer treatment?
HIPEC (Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy), is a surgical treatment used to treat certain types of abdominal cancer. It is used when traditional chemotherapy isn’t an option. High levels of chemotherapy are used to target cancer that has spread beyond its original site.
The first stage of the treatment is to remove cancerous tumours. This is done via a technique known as Cytoreductive surgery. It is used to remove all visible traces of the cancer and may also include removing affected organs within the peritoneum or abdomen.
The second stage of the treatment is to eliminate any leftover cancer cells with heated chemotherapy drugs. The drugs are placed into the abdominal cavity via a catheter that is connected to a perfusion machine. This part of the procedure typically takes around one to two hours to complete.
After the chemotherapy has been delivered to the abdomen, excess amounts are drained by the surgeon. A salt solution will be used to rinse the abdomen before the incision is closed.
Are you a suitable candidate for HIPEC?
Ideal candidates for HIPEC cancer treatment must be healthy enough to undergo surgery. It is also only effective against certain types of cancers. The main types of cancer HIPEC can treat include:
- Colon and rectal cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Gastric cancer
- Peritoneal cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Liver cancer
To determine if you are an ideal candidate, you can undergo a consultation with Professor Jamie Murphy today.
What benefits does it provide?
There are several benefits of undergoing HIPEC cancer treatment. Firstly, it delivers high doses of chemotherapy to areas where traditional chemo isn’t typically effective. Its targeted approach helps to eliminate the cancer without damaging nearby tissue.
HIPEC is ideal for those who have been diagnosed with advanced or inoperable cancer. It can improve the patient’s long-term outcome and provides more options to patients.
If you have been diagnosed with advanced stage abdominal cancer, book a consultation to go over your treatment options today. HIPEC is a revolutionary treatment that can help to extend the life of patients and fight more advanced cancers. During your consultation you will learn more about the procedure, its benefits, and potential risks. This will give you the best idea of whether or not it is the right option for you.