HIPEC is an aggressive, novel surgical treatment reserved for patients with peritoneal carcinomatosis. It combines extensive removal of cancers, known as surgical cytoreduction, with the intraoperative introduction of chemotherapeutic drugs into the peritoneal cavity at a temperature several degress above normal body temperature. The abdominal cavity is perfused for about 90 minutes, thereby exposing potential microscopic residual cancer cells directly to the synergistic effects of hyperthermia (heat), and cytotoxic agents.

HIPEC is resource-intensive and requires extraordinary surgical and multidisciplinary cooperation. As such, only a few centers nationwide offer patients this option. The Feist-Weiller Cancer Center is the only cancer center in Louisiana that offers HIPEC presently.

HIPEC is used to treat the following types of cancers in its advanced and recurrent stages:

  • Colorectal
  • Appendix
  • Gastric
  • Pseudomyxoma Peritonei
  • Ovarian
  • Sarcoma
  • Mesothelioma
  • Primary Peritoneal Malignancies