Women's Health

Treating Late-Stage Ovarian Cancer with Heat

HIPEC boosts treatment in many different ways

The oncology surgeon had done the procedure a couple of hundred times, although mainly for different types of cancer. A newly published article in the New England Journal of Medicine, which involved the work of Dr. Willemien J. van Driel and fellow colleagues, was what solidified Dr. Minor’s decision. “Just about a week before her surgery a major paper came out. It actually showed HIPEC for ovarian cancers to be superior to what we’ve been doing,” he said. “The advantage of this is we can give a higher dose. The heat of the HIPEC makes the chemo more effective, penetrates well and also the heat itself kills tumor so it’s multiple ways to attack tumor at surgery,” he added.