Heated Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC)

Heated intraperitoneal chemoperfusion (HIPEC) is a form of chemotherapy performed in conjunction with surgery to remove abdominal tumors. Look to UC San Diego Health's surgical oncology team for your HIPEC treatment. 

HIPEC Expertise

Better Outcomes at UC San Diego Health

UC San Diego Health's surgical oncology team is internationally recognized for its expertise in HIPEC. We perform more HIPEC procedures than any medical center in the western United States with success rates that exceed international averages.

Understanding HIPEC

HIPEC is a form of chemotherapy performed at the end of surgery to remove abdominal tumors. Once all visible tumors are removed in a process called "cytoreduction," your surgeon circulates a heated, sterile chemotherapy solution throughout the abdominal cavity to kill any remaining cancer cells. The approach allows you to receive a higher dose of chemotherapy with fewer side effects.

Cancers Treated with HIPEC

HIPEC is an effective treatment for cancers in the lining of the abdominal cavity (peritoneal cancer), including pseudomyxoma peritonei, mucinous adenocarcinoma of the appendix and peritoneal mesothelioma. Peritoneal metastases from colon cancer and advanced ovarian cancer may also be treated with HIPEC.

Patient & Family Support Services

At UC San Diego Health, your care goes beyond treating disease. It also includes supporting you and your loved ones emotionally throughout your cancer journey. Most of our support services are free.

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Resources for HIPEC Patients