Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) is a surgical procedure used to treat peritoneal carcinomatosis, a specific type of abdominal cancer. This procedure involves the administration of a concentrated solution of heated chemotherapeutic agents directly into the abdomen. Its main purpose is to eliminate residual cancer cells that may remain after surgery. This improves the outcome of surgery and increases the chances of remission for patients with peritoneal carcinomatosis.
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- Persons with metastatic cancer (colon, stomach, ovary...)
- Hair loss
- Nausea and diarrhea
- Decreased energy
- Pressurized intraperitoneal aerosolized chemotherapy (PIPAC)
- Can last up to 16 hours
- From 4 to 9 months
What is HIPEC treatment?
HIPEC (Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy) is a surgical procedure combined with chemotherapy to treat specific abdominal cancers known as peritoneal carcinomas. The HIPEC procedure involves the administration of a heated chemotherapeutic solution directly into the abdominal cavity after the removal of visible tumors during surgery. The solution is heated to a temperature ranging from 106 to 109 °C and is carefully circulated to ensure uniform distribution. The combination of heat and chemotherapy helps target any remaining cancer cells while minimizing the impact on healthy tissues. By elevating the temperature, HIPEC enhances the effectiveness of chemotherapy by increasing the sensitivity of cancer cells to anticancer drugs. This approach helps destroy remaining cancer cells and reduces the risk of local recurrence.
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Before HIPEC treatment, a thorough evaluation is performed to determine the patient's eligibility. This may include medical examinations, laboratory tests, and imaging studies.
The first step in HIPEC treatment is cytoreductive surgery. The purpose of this procedure is to remove as much of the visible tumor as possible from the abdominal cavity. The surgeon performs a macroscopic resection of cancer cells to reduce the tumor burden as much as possible. The surgical oncologist may also remove any organs affected by metastatic disease, such as the pancreas, ovaries, and small intestine.
Once the cytoreductive surgery is completed, the HIPEC procedure itself is performed. A heated chemotherapeutic solution is prepared, typically using specific drugs tailored to the type of cancer. This solution is then introduced into the abdominal cavity through a closed circuit, and the temperature is carefully controlled and maintained during the treatment.
The chemotherapy solution is continuously agitated and circulated within the abdominal cavity for a predetermined period, usually 60 to 90 minutes. This maximizes the contact between the chemotherapeutic agents and the remaining cancer cells while minimizing the effects on normal tissues.
After HIPEC, the surgeon closes the surgical incision and takes necessary measures to ensure the patient's recovery. Postoperative care, such as pain management and medical follow-up, is implemented to promote healing and the patient's overall recovery.
It is important to note that the specific details of the HIPEC treatment may vary depending on the individual patient's medical condition and the medical protocols used by the healthcare facility in Turkey. Regular follow-up and medical consultations are essential to ensure adequate monitoring and ongoing support throughout the treatment process.
Clinical indications for hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy treatment
Several abdominal cancers are complicated and sometimes intractable, such as:
- Colorectal cancer
- Cancer of the appendix
- Cancer of the abdominal mucosa (peritoneal mesothelioma)
- Stomach cancer
- Ovarian cancer
HIPEC treatment in Turkey offers an effective approach to fighting these types of cancers. Our partner clinics are among the few in the world that offer this specialized therapy. You have the opportunity to have a free consultation with our specialists and get access to HIPEC surgery at competitive prices.
It is important to note that HIPEC is a treatment option that depends on several factors, such as your age, the stage and extent of your cancer, and your overall health. These factors will determine whether you are a good candidate for this type of therapy. A thorough medical evaluation of your case by our specialists will determine if HIPEC is an appropriate option for you.
Your well-being and safety are our top priority, and we will make sure to provide you with the information you need and guide you through your treatment journey.
Benefits of the CRS-HIPEC combination
The combination of CRS cytoreductive surgery with HIPEC treatment allows:
- Expansion of blood vessels, which facilitates the deep penetration of chemotherapy drugs
- Fewer side effects since the chemotherapeutic agents circulate in a limited area (peritoneal area)
- Destruction of cancer cells in primary tumors, recurrences, and metastases
Cost of HIPEC surgery in Turkey
The cost of HIPEC in Turkey varies depending on several factors such as clinic fees, the type of cancer diagnosed, and also the duration of care required for the patient's recovery. It is essential that after such an exhausting treatment, the candidate should be followed up to avoid any complications.
The Turquie Santé team is at your disposal to provide you with the necessary information on prices and fees related to hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy. Do not hesitate to contact us, we will be able to guide you and answer all your questions regarding the costs associated with this treatment.
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