Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) surgery is a two-step procedure that treats certain cancers in the abdomen. Malignant tumours are surgically removed, and the remaining cancerous cells are subsequently eradicated by administering hot chemotherapy medications directly within the belly. Hyperthermic refers to a temperature that is out of the ordinary. The term "intraperitoneal" denotes location within the abdominal cavity. At the time of your Cancer surgery, HIPEC includes heating chemotherapy medications and circulating them into your abdominal cavity.
Advantages For HIPEC :
- A more intense dose of chemotherapy, which may destroy more Cancer cells
- Only one treatment session, instead of multiple sessions conducted over several weeks
- Decreased toxic side effects, since 90% of the chemotherapy drugs are retained in the abdomen
HIPEC can Still cause some Risk Factors Including :
- Weight loss
- Difficulty sleeping