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Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC)

Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) is a relatively new form of cancer treatment that is used in treating certain types of ovarian cancers, appendix cancers and mesothelioma. Currently, physicians at Jordan Valley Cancer Center are the only doctors in the state of Utah and surrounding states that offer this advanced cancer treatment.

What is HIPEC?

During HIPEC, physicians deliver a highly concentrated, heated chemotherapy directly to the abdomen during surgery. HIPEC differs from systemic chemotherapy delivery, which circulates throughout the body. With HIPEC, the chemotherapy is administered directly to cancer cells in the abdomen. As a result, this technique allows oncologists to administer higher doses. The solution is heated to aid in accomplishing two goals: (1) increasing tumors’ absorption of the chemotherapy and (2) destroying any microscopic cancer cells that may remain in the abdomen post-surgery.

The HIPEC Process

During the procedure, the physician performs cytoreductive surgery to remove all (or most all) visible tumors within the abdomen. Next, the chemotherapy solution, which is heated to approximately 40 degrees Celsius, is introduced into the abdominal cavity via inflow and outflow tubing. The circulation of the chemotherapy perfusate is performed for 90 minutes, with the physician’s team on each side of the patient gently kneading the abdomen to encourage thorough distribution. The patient’s position is changed every 15 minutes to help the chemotherapy flow through all the areas the physician is attempting to reach. After 90 minutes, the perfusate is drained, residual fluid is removed, and the surgical sites are closed.

Benefits of HIPEC

  • Higher dosage of chemotherapy can be administered
  • Chemotherapy is concentrated within the abdomen
  • Other body parts receive less chemotherapy exposure
  • Better absorption of chemotherapy
  • Cancer cells are more susceptible to the chemotherapy
  • Some chemotherapy side effects are reduced with this method

Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy In West Jordan, UT

Physicians at Jordan Valley Cancer Center take an integrative approach to cancer treatment. By partnering together across disciplines, the medical, radiology and surgical oncologists on staff are able to create comprehensive treatment plans for cancer patients with a variety of needs. The recent introduction of hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy to our facility helps us expand the range of cancer treatment options we are able to offer our patients. Talk to your physician and Nurse Navigator to learn more about the use of HIPEC for cancer treatment in West Jordan, Utah. For more information, contact us at 801-601-2260.