What is HIPEC surgery?
Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) is a highly concentrated, heated chemotherapy treatment that is delivered directly to the abdomen during surgery. This procedure is used to treat tumors in the peritoneal lining of the abdomen that results from ovarian, gastric, colon, appendix tumors, mesothelioma and other types of cancers.
Unlike systemic chemotherapy delivery, the chemotherapy is delivered directly to the cancer cells in the abdomen during HIPEC Procedure. This also enables a higher dose of chemotherapy treatment. The drug solution may be heated to facilitate better absorption of the drug into the tissues. This type of drug delivery also helps to destroy those cancer cells that remain in the abdomen after the surgery.
Who is HIPEC surgery suitable for?
HIPEC is a unique technique, used to treat those abdominal malignancies that were thought to be incurable. Such a patient’s only alternative was palliative care. The indication of HIPEC is therefore very specific and HIPEC treatment is meant only for those patients whose abdominal cancer resides only in the stomach yet and not spread through the lymphatic system or the blood.
For these patients, the cancer is distinguishable sand-like particles spread in the inner peritoneal sheath of the abdomen. This is observed in the following type of cancers:
- Appendicular cancer
- Colorectal malignancy
- Primary peritoneal cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Pseudomyxoma peritonei.
- Some of the Pancreatic and Gastric cancers.
How does HIPEC surgery work?
Firstly, on those patients who are eligible to receive HIPEC surgery, doctors remove the visible tumors from inside the abdomen (cytoreductive surgery). For this, a variety of surgical techniques are used. Once the tumours have been effectively removed, the chemotherapy solution that is sterilized and heated is delivered to the place inside the abdomen where the cancer cells reside. This helps to penetrate and destroys residual cancer cells. The solution is about 42 degrees Celsius and is circulated throughout the abdomen for about 1.5 hours. The incision is closed after draining away the solution.
During HIPEC surgery recovery the patient is required to stay an average of 2 weeks in the hospital. During this time the healthcare team monitor the patients’ vital signs intently and ensure that no complications arise after the surgery.
Advantages of HIPEC Surgery
- There are specific advantages to patients that undergo the HIPEC surgery. They are:
- Improves chemotherapy absorption and susceptibility of cancer cells
- High doses of chemotherapy are possible and therefore intensive treatment is possible
- The chemotherapy can be directed to the abdominal cavity locally
- Systemic side-effects of chemotherapy are much less
- Improves the prognosis
How does HIPEC differ from traditional chemotherapy?
Cancers that are diagnosed inside the abdominal cavity are indeed difficult to treat. Intravenous chemotherapy is not particularly effective in treating these types of cancers. Intraperitoneal chemotherapy seems to be a much better option. According to HIPEC Surgery experts in Mumbai, the heated chemotherapy solution makes a lot of difference. The heat makes the solution more powerful and helps to kill the cancer cells.
If you are looking out for HIPEC surgery in Mumbai, we have the state-of-the-art HIPEC machine that delivers the chemotherapy solution at the required constant temperature for the specified length of time. The features of our machine are as follows:
- High doses of chemotherapy are possible
- The chemotherapy is effectively carried out inside the abdominal cavity
- The rest of the body has only minimal exposure to chemotherapy
- Improves prognosis for the patient if done correctly
- Reduces some side effects
- Improves the drug absorption and susceptibility of the cancer cells in the abdominal cavity
What is the cost of HIPEC surgery in India?
HIPEC Treatment cost in India is much less when compared to any other countries. Also, the cost of HIPEC Treatment in India is substantially lower than other developed countries of the world. The cost of HIPEC Surgery in Mumbai may vary depending on your cancer stage and complexity of your HIPEC surgery. Consult our oncologists to get your condition checked and an estimated number cost of HIPEC Surgery.
Why Choose MPCT Hospital for HIPEC Surgery in Mumbai?
MPCT Cancer Hospital in Mumbai offers cytoreductive surgery and HIPEC treatment for advanced-stage abdominal cancers, including colorectal cancer, primary peritoneal cancer, peritoneal mesothelioma, appendiceal (appendix) cancer, ovarian and stomach cancer. Our experts offer a comprehensive and personalized treatment plan to improve the patient’s quality of life. By using only cutting-edge technology in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, they harness accuracy and precision at every step of HIPEC surgery in Mumbai. MPCT hospital maintains its focus and commitment towards alleviating cancer in each patient, through excellent treatments and compassionate care that puts the patient first at every step. Get in touch with our oncology team to know more about HIPEC surgery in Mumbai.