A highly advanced, two-phase surgery now available at CentraState is bringing new hope to certain patients with specific types of cancer. Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy, or HIPEC, combines tumor removal surgery with a heated, concentrated chemotherapy bath inside the abdomen, battling cancer directly at its source and potentially extending lives substantially. HIPEC is typically only available in high-volume, metropolitan cancer centers, and CentraState is one of just a few hospitals in New Jersey to offer this treatment.
“HIPEC surgery requires an incredible collaborative approach with more than 50 team members working together on complex protocols,” explains hepatobiliary and advanced gastrointestinal surgeon Alexander Itskovich, MD, medical director of the Statesir Cancer Center at CentraState. “With this type of team assembled, we have a model to bring additional world-class procedures to CentraState.”