Some types of cancers are very difficult to treat. Cancer that has spread to the lining surfaces of the peritoneal (abdominal) cavity from primary colorectal cancer, ovarian cancer, gastric cancer, appendiceal cancer or from mesothelioma and pseudomyxoma peritonei–known as peritoneal carcinomatosis–are such cancers.
Despite numerous recent advances in chemotherapy, the overall chance of chemotherapy being curative is still low, and the side effects are difficult for the patient to endure. However,when these cancers are confined to the peritoneal cavity, Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy becomes an option for candidate patients.
The term “Intraperitoneal” means that the treatment is delivered to the abdominal cavity.The term “Hyperthermic Chemotherapy” means that the solution containing chemotherapyis heated to a temperature greater than normal body temperature. (Cost range between$15,000 and $19,000 USD).