How about this chemo treatment

My former primary doctor was recently diagnosed with colon cancer. A few short years ago my sister in law battled it, and beat it. She is now cancer free. But, Dr. Norton's must be a bit aggressive. I don't know the whole backstory, but he is going to a facility in Pittsburgh to have a "new"? procedure done. He'll be in the hospital for a month, and during that time they are going to bathe all his innards in some sort of chemo wash. I can't imagine having to go through this type of ordeal. Has anyone ever heard of such a procedure?

Joe

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  • It is probably Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC). It can be done at the end of some initial colon cancer surgeries, while the patient is still sedated for another 90 minutes or so, to "mop up" any unseen or near-surface interior cancer cells that the surgery might have missed. In the earlier years, it was a really gory looking procedure with lots of machinery, retractors and tubes. Probably somewhat better now with improved laparoscopic techniques. If I were having it done, I would certainly want to have it done at a place where they have done the procedure lots of times.

    Charles

  • Got me--but BIRM, in Ecuador, had a good history with Colon Cancer. Now all the attention in the States[NIH, and U of Miami Medical School], is Prostate Cancer. There is so much going on, on the war against cancer---it is hard to just to keep up with the new things on Prostate Cancer, and have a life.

    Nalakrats

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