Contrary to intravenous chemotherapy circulating in the body, this technique allows chemotherapy to be applied directly to the areas affected by cancer, inside the abdomen. This practice allows obtaining higher concentrations of the drug, between 8 and 10 times, to destroy the microscopic cells that may have remained in the abdomen after surgery. In addition, heat has an antitumor effect since it increases the penetration of the drug into cells.
HIPEC is currently aimed at treating different types of peritoneal carcinomatosis, which are peritoneal pseudomyxoma, mesothelioma, carcinoma of gastric origin, ovarian cancer, cancer of the appendix, and colon cancer.
It is very important that a large number of patients with peritoneal carcinomatosis increase the survival rate and slow the progression of the disease.
All organs of the abdominal cavity - such as the stomach and intestine - and the abdominal wall are covered by a thin layer of cells...
Over the past two decades, this has changed and many hospitals around the world now offer treatment for select patients with peritoneal cancer...