To Have Hipec, or not to have Hipec - blueorchid

Decision Point Associated with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer. Posted on February 16, 2014 View this journey (12 Experiences)

Hipec is literally nick named the mother of all surgeries. It is quite risky, and not performed often. But mom was a good candidate bc her cancer was all in her abdomen. What they do is they open up the abdominal cavity, manually inspect the internal organs, remove anything that looks like it might be cancerous, then insert tubes into the abdominal wall and circulate heated chemotherapy through a perfusion machine and "bath" the organs in the heated chemo before removing the chemo. Risk of infection was 50% and some people die. We all talked about it alot, I did a ton of research and talked to some drs ( although most had never heard of the procedure, so I ended up teaching them in a way....) After much thought, she decided to go through with it.

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  • ibcarolek's Avatar
    ibcarolek

    Good luck with this! If our hospital did this, we would have done it (our hospital doesn't). I wish your mom a successful treatment!

    over 8 years ago
  • spdsgrl's Avatar
    spdsgrl

    Best of luck. Will keep your mom and your family in my prayers. Let us know how it goes!!!

    over 8 years ago

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