I am a qualified Surgical Oncologist with expertise in performing cytoreductive surgery and HIPEC (for pseudomyxoma peritonei, colorectal cancer, ovarian cancer, stomach cancer and others) . This treatment is still in its infancy in India. Misdiagnoses, apprehensions about extensive surgery and the cost involved are the major barriers to a patient reaching the specialist on time.The purpose of this website is to create awareness and inturn enable people to seek the right treatment.
Peritoneal cancer-Stage 4
Certain Stage 4 cancers are treatable. When the disease is limited to the peritoneum (covering of the intestines and other organs in the abdomen), it is possible to surgically remove the tumor and give chemotherapy which will prolong the life and enable the person to live a better quality of life. Read More...
Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) is giving chemotherapy directly to the peritoneal cavity. When performed after removal of all the tumor from the abdomen /peritoneal cavity by a procedure known as cytoreductive surgery, it is possible to control the disease for a prolonged period of time and even cure some patients. Read More...
Intestinal blockade due to cancer
Tumor spread to the peritoneal cavity can create a blockade in the intestines and prevents the food from moving forward and being digested. This condition can be managed by surgery or with drugs Read More...
Pseudomyxoma Peritonei is a rare condition characterized by the presence of mucin-producing tumors (and the mucin which is a jelly like substance) in the abdominal cavity. Cytoreductive surgery and HIPEC is the treatment of choice for this condition and can lead to potential cure and a prolonged life. Read More...
What is HIPEC?
HIPEC stands for Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy. In this procedure, a solution containing a chemotherapeautic agent in circulated in the abdominal/ peritoneal cavity and a high temperature for a specific period of time.
Is HIPEC a surgery?
HIPEC is done during surgery. During surgery, first all the tumor is removed which is called Cytoreductive Surgery (CRS) and then the hot solution containing the anti cancer drug (chemotherapy drug) is circulated in the abdominal cavity. By this process 1-2mm sized tumors can be destroyed. Microscopic tumor is also destroyed.
How many sessions are needed?
HIPEC is a single procedure done during surgery. Only 1 session is done at a time.
What is Cytoreductive surgery?
Cytoreductive surgery comprises of removal of tumor from the peritoneal /abdominal cavity. The aim of this surgery is to remove all the visible tumor. To achieve this the peritoneum that has tumor is stripped off the abdominal wall and from the organ surfaces. Sometimes a part of the small or large intestine, gall bladder, liver, spleen, stomach or pancreas may also have to be removed to completely remove the tumor. This is a very important part of the surgery which is done before HIPEC is performed. Complete tumor removal depends on the expertise of the surgeon and also the extent of tumor itself.