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Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC)

Cytoreductive surgery and HIPEC treatment

HIPEC surgery is an innovative and complex procedure used to treat colorectal cancer which has spread to the lining of the abdomen (peritoneum)

About HIPEC

Most colorectal cancers start in the inner surface of the bowel wall, in some cases it can spread to the abdominal cavity and affect the surface which is called the peritoneum. Traditional treatment of the cancer that affects the peritoneum has not been very effective. HIPEC treatment is an innovative treatment that aims to treat the cancer of the peritoneum and has been effective for some patients.


Surgery has not traditionally been used with the intention of curing cancer once it has spread to the peritoneum. However there is evidence that if the size and spread of the cancer is limited then a specialised surgical technique can be used. This is called ‘Cytoreductive Surgery’ and removes all the evident cancer, this may involve major surgery to remove organs in the abdomen and peritoneum.


If your surgeon is able to remove most or all of the cancer, then heated chemotherapy drugs are put into the abdomen to kill anycancer cells that are not visible. This process is known as HIPEC and helps to destroy any cancer cells that can’t be seen but could go on to develop into further tumours.
Consultant in theatres

Our HIPEC consultants

This is a highly complex and specialised procedure that requires a multidisciplinary team approach, and is not suitable for all patients.

Our expert peritoneal consultants and expert teams are highly experienced in this procedure.

Our facilities

Our expert peritoneal teams are two of only a few teams offering HIPEC treatment across the UK.

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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