Raipur. Doctors of Regional Cancer Institute located at Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Memorial Hospital on Thursday; gave a new life to a 45-year-old woman with ovarian cancer using Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) technique. In this treatment process, which lasted for about seven to eight hours, doctors used the HIPEC technique for the first time to treat the cancerous lumps of the patient. The HIPEC procedure combined with cancer surgery involves using chemotherapy drugs with high temperatures to destroy cancer cells. Such advanced technology treatment in the first government cancer institute of the state has infused a new ray of hope in the minds of cancer patients.
Regional Cancer Institute Director Prof. Under the leadership of Dr Vivek Chaudhary, cancer surgeon Prof. Dr Ashutosh Gupta, Dr Bharat Bhushan, Dr Shantanu Tiwari, Dr Kshitij Verma, Dr Manish Sahu and Anesthetist Dr Sonali Sahu played the lead roles.
Cancer surgeon of Regional Cancer Institute, Dr Ashutosh Gupta, said that the 45-year-old woman from Raipur reached the cancer department for ovarian cancer treatment. Here, Dr Vivek Chaudhary found that this cancer is in a very advanced stage and timely treatment is necessary. Dr Vivek Chaudhary and Dr Ashutosh Gupta decided on the guidelines regarding the treatment of the woman. They decided to treat the woman with the HIPEC method to destroy the areas affected by advanced-stage ovarian cancer, followed by surgery to treat the cancerous lumps inside the stomach. Chemotherapy was given directly through the abdomen to destroy the remaining cancer cells with drugs. To get cancer treatment with this type of technology in a metro city, one has to spend eight to ten lakh rupees, but the surgery is done free of cost in the regional cancer institute.
Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) is a cancer treatment method in which chemotherapy drugs are given immediately after surgery through the abdominal cavity. The drugs are heated to a certain temperature. The HIPEC technique is used after surgical removal of the abdominal tumour and other affected areas. The patient's body temperature is maintained during this procedure. The advantage of this technique is that the chemotherapy drug reaches all parts of the stomach and destroys the cancer cells, thereby reducing the risk of cancer recurrence in the future. This is a single treatment in the operating room rather than a prolonged treatment over several weeks. Ninety per cent of the drug remains inside the stomach, reducing the drug's toxic effects on the rest of the body.