Physicians at the Imbert Cancer Center and Southside Hospital have begun offering patients with cancer in their abdomen a high-dose, localized chemotherapy option.
Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemoperfusion (HIPEC) involves administering concentrated, heated chemotherapy directly to cancerous cells during surgery. During HIPEC, doctors inject a concentrated dose of chemotherapy into the affected area for 90 minutes. In addition to chemotherapy, exposing cancer cells to heat helps weaken them.
This method of chemotherapy has a higher absorption rate than using a port and sending chemotherapy through the blood stream, said Benjamin Schwartz, MD, a gynecologic oncologist and director of the ob/gyn service line in Northwell Health’s Eastern Region. In addition to chemotherapy, exposing cancer cells to heat helps weaken them. It is the first time this treatment option has been offered by Northwell Health in Suffolk County and may be suitable for patients with abdominal cancers such as ovarian and uterine cancers.
“HIPEC is an innovative solution for patients and now available to Northwell Health patients in Suffolk County,” said Gary Deutsch, MD, surgical oncologist at the Imbert Cancer Center in Bay Shore. “If you have an abdominal cancer, such as appendix, colon, ovarian or uterine cancer, HIPEC should be given serious consideration when determining the treatment plan with your oncologist.”
For more information about cancer treatment in Suffolk County, contact the Imbert Cancer Center at 631-414-6999.
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