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.
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.
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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.