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Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy


Abbreviated for Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy, HIPEC is a procedure used to ensure adequate elimination of cancer cells following a surgical procedure. First, cytoreductive surgery is performed to surgically remove cancerous areas from your body. During this time, these microscopic cells can remain in the affected areas and also travel throughout other areas of your body. HIPEC is then performed to help eliminate the rest of these cancer cells to help prevent a recurrence of the disease. The HIPEC perfusion machine is heated to a high temperature of your surgeon's recommendation, and circulates the chemotherapy medication, mixed with sterile saline water, throughout your surgical site to thoroughly irrigate the wound and eliminate any remaining cancer cells. HIPEC can be performed in cases with various types of cancer, including:

 Adrenal cancer

Appendix cancer

Colon & rectal cancer

Gastric (stomach) cancer

Liver cancer


Ovarian cancer

Pancreatic cancer

Peritoneal cancer

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