HIPEC, HIPEC, HIPEC: all about HIPEC


Now that Case Western has decided to adopt HIPEC for treatment of gynecological cancers (uterine, ovarian, endometrial etc.) they have published an article patting themselves on the back.. 

But truthfully, not bad, case western, not bad at all.. It’s a good article with a nice explanation for people new to Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy – (and I am always happy to see more state-of-the-art treatments offered to people with cancer.)

That’s one of the reasons we’ve championed HIPEC here at Bogota Surgery –  state-of-the-art cancer treatment with an excellent track record according to medical literature and published research.  Too often patients, particularly patients with cancer or other serious medical illnesses are preyed upon with junk or uncertain science, like super-vitamin supplement programs, Laetrile clinics and quasi-futuristic stem-cell therapies.

But HIPEC is different, and it’s been here for quite a while  – with over ten years worth of scientific data to support continued experimentation (large-scale) and use.

We first encountered HIPEC in Bogotá at the hands of Dr. Fernando Arias at Fundacion Santa Fe de Bogotá.  In our continued quest for information (see our series on HIPEC) – he continues to be at the forefront of HIPEC treatment with more experience than doctors like Dr. Trey Blazer at Duke, teams at Case Western, and the other scattered programs throughout the United States.  With the exception of its creator, Dr. David Sugarbaker – Dr. Arias has as much experience, evidence and training as anyone I’ve encountered..

See our tab labelled Cytoreductive Surgery for more on HIPEC

The latest HIPEC headlines


More ongoing research trials to validate HIPEC as a potential treatment for ovarian cancer.

The University Hospitals of Cleveland, Ohio recently started several new clinical trials to test the effectiveness of hyperthermic intra-peritoneal chemotherapy  in women with ovarian and endometrial cancer.  Unfortunately, the trials are small (around 60 woman) which means that even positive results will be far from definitive for researchers involved in the HIPEC debate.  It also offers only limited opportunities for patients with ovarian cancer to receive potentially life-saving treatment.

Medpage recently published a nice overview on ovarian cancer and the current treatment modalities – which can be seen here.

More on HIPEC: here at Bogota Surgery:

What is HIPEC? What’s it used for?

Who does HIPEC?

HIPEC updates:

Update #1