Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotheraphy (HIPEC)

UNC Children’s is one of a few hospitals around the country offering Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotheraphy (HIPEC) as a treatment option for children and young adolescents who have certain advanced abdominal tumors including desmoplastic small round cell tumor (DSRCT), colon cancer Wilms tumor and ovarian tumors.

How HIPEC Works

HIPEC is a treatment that involves filling the abdominal cavity with chemotherapy drugs that have been heated. HIPEC is administered after the surgeon has removed the tumors or lesions from the abdomen.

Cisplatin is currently the chemotherapy used for HIPEC. This chemotherapy is used once all visible tumors or lesions have been remove from the abdomen. This chemotherapy is heated to 106- 107 degrees Fahrenheit (41-42 degrees Celsius) and pumped through the abdomen with a specialized machine. The patient is kept cool with cooling blankets to keep their body at a safe temperature. Once the chemo is in the abdomen, the surgeon and assistant, rock the stomach back and forth for about 90 minutes to help distribute the chemo to all areas of the abdomen. This helps to kill any cancer cells that remain after surgery and reducing the risk for cancer recurrence.

This surgery can take 15 to 20 hours depending on the amount of tumors that need to be removed.

Our World-Renowned Care Team

With a team of highly trained and caring doctors, nurses and medical professionals, UNC Children’s Hospital can provide the specialized care for patients needing HIPEC surgery. Dr. Andrea Hayes-Jordan has been performing the HIPEC surgery since 2006 and has trained other surgeons across the world on this procedure. We will be with you and your child every step of the way.

Contact Us

To learn more or schedule a consultation please reach out to directly to our HIPEC Coordinator, Jessica Cooper, NP, via email or call 919-966-3320.

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