The HIPEC procedure is designed to attempt to kill any remaining cancer cells.
With HIPEC, the normal side effects of chemotherapy can be avoided.
Lucknow, July 2020: Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC), rare cancer surgery has been performed by Dr. Kamlesh Verma, Surgical Oncologist at Apollomedics Super Speciality Hospitals.
Dr. Kamlesh Verma, Surgical Oncologist at Apollomedics Super Speciality Hospitals, said, “The patient, Mr. Vinod Kumar, age 52years from Hardoi was diagnosed with Pseudomyxoma Peritonei (PMP), rare cancer that usually begins as slow-growing cancer in the appendix. It is characterized by the presence of mucin (jelly-like material) in the abdominal (peritoneal) cavity.
Vinod Kumar was diagnosed with PMP on 4th March 2020 and immediately was put on Chemotherapy. After two months of chemo, no prominent recovery was noted because cancer had spread to the lining surfaces of the peritoneal (abdominal) cavity from colon to small bowl liver surface and omentum (secretes hormones related to obesity). We decided to do HIPEC (Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy) surgery.
On 5th June 2020, HIPEC was administered; we removed all visible Tumors which have spilled throughout the peritoneal cavity by Cytoreduction. It was 17 hours long surgical procedure where we continuously circulate a heated sterile solution (around 42-43 degrees centigrade)–containing a chemotherapeutic agent–throughout the peritoneal cavity, for a maximum of two hours. The HIPEC procedure is designed to attempt to kill any remaining cancer cells. This procedure improves drug absorption and effect with minimal exposure to the rest of the body. In this way, the normal side effects of chemotherapy can be avoided.
HIPEC is performed on patients suffering from Primary Colorectal Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Gastric Cancer, and Appendiceal Cancer or from Mesothelioma and Pseudomyxoma Peritonei. This cancer surgery is one of its kinds and Dr. Kamlesh Verma is the only doctor working on this procedure in entire Uttar Pradesh. The patient, Vinod Kumar has been discharged and has been saved from PMP but needs to visit the hospital for a follow-up procedure after the surgery.