A 65-year-old male patient, whose colon cancer recurred about 10 years ago and whose cancerous tumors spread to the entire abdomen and intra-abdominal organs, and did not respond to chemotherapy, was treated with the HIPEC method, which combines surgery and chemotherapy, at the Near East University Hospital.
In advanced abdominal cancers, after the visible cancerous tumors are surgically removed, the remaining microscopic tumors are also destroyed by washing the entire inside of the abdomen with hot chemotherapy drugs heated to 42 degrees through the method that can be applied in a limited number of hospitals with competent staff and high level equipment.
After the HIPEC surgery performed by Dr. Ahmet Soykurt and his team that lasted 4 hours at the Near East University Hospital, the treatment of the 65-year-old patient will continue at the Near East University Hospital.
Microscopic tumors that spread into the abdomen are destroyed with HIPEC
The HIPEC method, which is used in patients with advanced cancer that starts in the intra-abdominal organs and spreads to the entire abdomen and other intra-abdominal organs, is applied to patients who cannot respond to traditional oncology methods such as chemotherapy. The method that aims to extend the life span of the patient by increasing the quality of life is mostly applied in intra-abdominal cancers such as peritoneal cancers, appendix cancers, colon cancers, ovarian cancers and stomach cancers.
Dr. Ahmet Soykurt: “We apply chemotherapeutic agents, which we heat up to 42 degrees with special devices, into the abdomen of the patient with a special device. The goal here is to destroy microscopic tumor cells.”
Performing the operation, Dr. Ahmet Soykurt says that in the first stage of the HIPEC method, which can be performed in highly equipped centers around the world, all organs of the patient with cancer involvement in the abdomen are cleared of visible tumors. Dr. Ahmet Soykurt also said, “After making the abdomen as tumor-free as possible with surgical intervention, we apply chemotherapeutic agents, which we heat up to 42 degrees with special devices, into the patient's abdomen with a special device. The aim here is to destroy microscopic tumor cells. We heat it up to 42 degrees for better penetration of chemotherapy drugs into the tissue."
Stating that they successfully applied the method to a 65-year-old patient for the first time in the TRNC, Dr. Soykurt said that the patient, who was kept under observation, will be taken to the normal service in a short time and will be followed up in the Near East University Hospital Oncology Service.