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Aggressive Surgery with heated chemotherapy bath gives new hope

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Combination of Cytoreductive Surgery and Heated chemotherapy bath called HIPEC (Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy) technique for the treatment of colorectal cancer was used for the first time in the country
A team of medical experts led by Dr Sanket Mehta, Consultant – Surgical Oncology at International Oncology Centre, Dr L H Hiranandani Hospital, Powai has successfully operated on 28 yr old young who was suffering from advanced stage of colorectal cancer.

The surgery was performed with the help with the combination of cytoreductive surgery and Heated chemotherapy bath called HIPEC (Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy). This advanced technique for the treatment of colorectal cancer was used for the first time in the country.

The procedure is expected to relieve patients suffering from advanced stage of abdominal cancers like ovarian cancers, pseudomyxomas (cancers arising from the appendix), Mesothiliomas and primary peritoneal cancers. These are critical conditions where traditional treatment methods have not yielded good results. The concept of this treatment is that all visible tumors that have spread to the peritoneum are first completely removed by a special and aggressive type of surgery called as cytoreductive surgery (CRS).

The machine helps to maintain a high temperature and flow rate for the high dose chemotherapy to ensure increased penetration of the chemotherapy into the cancer cells, uniformly within the abdominal cavity so that all cancer cells are destroyed. Moreover, the chemotherapy given during HIPEC does not circulate through the rest of the body and hence the usual side-effects of chemotherapy are avoided.

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