Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) is a precision chemotherapy treatment and specialized surgery that target tumors which have spread to the lining of the abdomen. HIPEC may be used to treat appendix cancer, colon cancer, stomach cancer, peritoneal mesothelioma, primary peritoneal malignancy.

Why Choose Us for HIPEC Treatment

  • Regional leaders: Ours is the only cancer treatment center in the region that performs (HIPEC).
  • All the specialists you need: Every aspect of your treatment is considered and taken care of by a full team of specialists. If you need further care, we’ll connect you with the right specialists throughout the Loma Linda University Health system.
  • Whole person care: We recognize how disruptive chemotherapy can be to your physical and mental health. Treating your cancer is just the first step to help you live healthier and fuller in all areas of your life.

What are the benefits of HIPEC treatment?

  • Treatment option for those with peritoneal spread of cancer from the appendix, colon and stomach, peritoneal mesothelioma and primary peritoneal malignancy
  • Single treatment instead of the standard weeks or months of chemotherapy
  • Treatment goes directly to the cancer area minimizing the risks of toxicity and side effects
  • Allows a higher dose to be given just to the affected area, more effectively killing any remaining or lingering cancer cells

How does HIPEC work?

HIPEC is the chemotherapy component of a surgical procedure called Cytoreductive Surgery (CRS).

  • Surgery involves the removal of all tumor masses and the affected abdominal wall lining (peritoneum).
  • Heated chemotherapy is then delivered directly to the affected area for up to 90 minutes via special catheters and heated perfusion pumps.
  • Chemotherapy is then removed and the abdomen is flushed out with sterile solution.

For certain types of appendiceal cancer, cytosurgery with HIPEC is the only treatment required to adequately treat the cancer. Cytosurgery applies intense cold to destroy unwanted tissue.

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