HIPEC surgery in Chicago

Dr. Salti provides powerful treatment for abdominal cancer

HIPEC, or hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy, combines cancer surgery, chemotherapy and heat into a single procedure that kills cancer cells in the abdomen.

This combination surgery is performed by only a handful of surgical oncologists in the Chicagoland area, including George Salti, M.D., the most experienced Chicago HIPEC surgeon and one of the country’s leading experts on the procedure. Dr. Salti has performed hundreds of HIPEC procedures.

HIPEC for advanced abdominal cancers

HIPEC can be used to effectively treat advanced abdominal cancers, including:

  • Appendiceal cancer, or cancer of the appendix
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Gastric (stomach) cancer
  • Mesothelioma – an aggressive cancer that forms in the thin abdominal tissue
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Peritoneal carcinomatosis – a rare form of cancer that affects the peritoneum (the lining of the abdominal cavity)

HIPEC offers hope and improved quality of life for people who have abdominal cancers that may spread or have spread to other locations within the abdomen. These cancers are difficult to treat with other methods.

Find out if you’re a good candidate for HIPEC. Call 630-646-6020.

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Salti

Benefits of HIPEC surgery

Patients can receive this targeted treatement from Dr. Salti at Edward-Elmhurst Health. The procedure offers many benefits for people with advanced abdominal cancers:

  • Fewer side effects
  • Improved quality of life
  • Minimized exposure to chemotherapy for the rest of the body
  • More intense cancer-killing effect from chemotherapy medication
  • Potential to extend life expectancy
Daniel has been six years cancer-free after just one treatment of HIPEC with Dr. Salti. Read Daniel's story

HIPEC has the potential to treat cancers in people who may have been told by other doctors that their cancer was not treatable. Patients travel from all over the world to receive this advanced treatment.

Daniel Urrutia traveled from Guatemala to seek care from Dr. Salti when he was diagnosed with appendiceal cancer in 2011. Daniel knew he couldn’t get the advanced cancer treatment he needed in his small town, and he wanted expert care.

Find out if you’re a good candidate for HIPEC. Call 630-646-6020, or request an appointment online.

More information about HIPEC

How does HIPEC surgery work?

The HIPEC procedure works by combining cancer surgery with chemotherapy. In the first part of the procedure, Dr. Salti performs cancer debulking, also known as cytoreductive surgery. This is the surgical removal of all visible cancer tumors from inside the abdominal cavity.

Next, Dr. Salti pumps heated chemotherapy medication into the abdominal cavity. This medication circulates throughout the abdomen, bathing the organs for about two hours. Chemotherapy is toxic to cancer cells, and heating it increases this effect. The goal of this step is to destroy any cancer cells that may remain after Dr. Salti removes the visible tumors.

Who is eligible for HIPEC?

We use three main requirements to determine who is a good candidate for HIPEC:

  • Is the patient in good enough health to withstand the 7- to 10-hour procedure?
  • Is the cancer confined to the abdominal cavity?
  • Are all tumors surgically removable?

You and Dr. Salti will work together to decide if HIPEC may be a good option to treat your cancer.

Find out if you’re a good candidate for HIPEC. Call 630-646-6020.

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Salti

Our HIPEC data registry

We continue to learn more about HIPEC and the cancers we can treat with this surgery. The best way for us to learn about how to effectively treat cancer is by gathering information about patients and how they respond to treatment. We do this through our clinical data registry of HIPEC patients.

We ask each patient who has HIPEC with us to be a part of this registry. If patients agree, we track information about his/her disease and success with treatment throughout his/her life. Though we share data from the registry as part of our scientific research, no patient names or other identifying information is ever included.

Learn more about our HIPEC clinical data registry.