Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC)
Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) is a combination of surgery and chemotherapy. The treatment can be used to treat colon cancer that has spread to the peritoneum, the protective membrane surrounding the abdominal cavity. Your surgeon will remove all visible tumors and affected parts of the peritoneum. Afterwards the stomach will be rinsed with chemotherapy to treat any cancer cells left behind.
The chemotherapy is delivered directly into the abdominal cavity where the tumor cells are, increasing its effectiveness. The local delivery allows us to prevent damage to other organs and minimize side effects by keeping the majority of the chemotherapy out of the bloodstream. It is more effective because it allows us to heat up the chemotherapy and deliver a higher dosage.
HIPEC is an intensive, local treatment available to people whose cancer has not spread outside of the abdominal cavity.