Heated Intra-operative peritoneal Chemotherapy (Hyperthermic interperitoneal chemotherapy, hot “chemo bath”, HIPEC) is a technique used to treat certain types of colorectal and ovarian cancers that have spread to the lining of the abdomen. It involves circulating heated chemotherapy through the abdomen.
HIPEC involves using a using a heated chemotherapy solution that is circulated throughout the abdominal cavity while the patient is in the operating room.
The theory behind HIPEC is that cancerous cells are unable to withstand as much heat as healthy cells. Also, putting the chemotherapy on top of tumors is thought to be more effective than systematically delivering it through the bloodstream. The fluid goes throughout the abdomen to treat any tumor cells that may remain after surgery.
The father of the procedure is Dr. Paul Sugarbaker in Washington Hospital Center in Washington,D.C.
For additional information about HIPEC, see the other sections of this document.
NOTE: This procedure is controversial. We strongly advise that you talk to get a second opinion from an NCI designated Comprehensive Care Center before considering HIPEC. If you want to talk with other survivors visit the Colon Cancer Alliance’s My CRC Connections online community.