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Hot Chemo "Washes" Out Cancer Cells

Thu, 10/21/2010 - 6:40am

Dr. Jason Foster is one of a very small number of surgical oncologists in the United States practicing HIPEC, or hot chemotherapy. It's used to treat cancers of the appendix, ovaries, colon as well as mesothelioma. Surgeons first remove the visible tumor from inside the abdominal cavity, then fill the cavity with a heated chemotherapy solution. The chemo essentially "washes" out the microscopic cancer cells from the patient's abdomen. It's these tiny cancer cells that often re-implant and cause the cancer to return. 65-80% of abdominal cancer returns in patients treated with traditional surgery followed by IV chemotherapy. To learn more about this approach or to make an appointment with Dr. Foster, visit http://www.nebraskamed.com/services/cancer/gastrointestinal-cancer/Default.aspx or call 1-800-922-0000.

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