Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) at Mercy

Drs. Armando Sardi, Vadim Gushchin and Kurtis Campbell of Surgical Oncology at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, are widely regarded for their training and skills in utilizing hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) to treat advanced stages of abdominal cancer (peritoneal surface malignancies). Drs. Sardi, Gushchin and Campbell work with a specialized clinical team at Mercy to perform this procedure with a high level of expertise for patients facing a diagnosis of peritoneal cancer.


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What is Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC)?

Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) is a heated chemotherapy solution that is used in conjunction with cytoreductive surgery. Cytoreductive surgery is performed first to remove visible tumors from the abdominal area.

Following the surgery, heated chemotherapy solution is added to the abdominal cavity to destroy non-visible or microscopic tumor cells that may remain after surgery. Heat helps kill the cancer cells and also enhances the effect of chemotherapy. 

How is Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) performed?

Following the cytoreductive surgery, several tubes are inserted in the abdominal cavity. The abdominal cavity is then flooded with the heated chemotherapy solution and the solution is pumped throughout for approximately 90 minutes. This method allows the heated chemotherapy to reach all surfaces of the abdominal cavity and treat the microscopic cancer cells that could potentially form new cancerous tumors. 

Who should receive Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC)?

Used in conjunction with cytoreductive surgery, HIPEC can improve survival and quality of life for patients who would have limited hope for a solution to their advanced cancer.

Why have Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) performed at Mercy?

Mercy’s cancer surgeons and their clinical team are recognized nationally as leaders in aggressive cytoreductive surgery and HIPEC. Due to the complexity of the combined therapies, surgeons must be appropriately trained and experienced to offer these treatment methods.

The Surgical Oncology team at Mercy in Baltimore performs these procedures on a frequent basis and offers a high level of expertise to patients facing a diagnosis of peritoneal cancer.

Surgical Oncology at Mercy is recognized for skilled cancer surgeons who provide expertise in treating patients with melanoma, abdominal/stomach and GI cancers.