Peritoneal mesothelioma

Peritoneal mesothelioma

A procedure known as heated intraoperative intraperitoneal chemotherapy was developed by Paul Sugarbaker at the Washington Cancer Institute. The surgeon removes as much of the tumor as possible followed by the direct administration of a chemotherapy agent, heated to between 40 and 48°C, in the abdomen. The fluid is perfused for 60 to 120 minutes and then drained.

This technique permits the administration of high concentrations of selected drugs into the abdominal and pelvic surfaces. Heating the chemotherapy treatment increases the penetration of the drugs into tissues. Also, heating itself damages the malignant cells more than the normal cells.

See Wikipedia, Mesothelioma, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mesothelioma (optional description here) (as of Jan. 4, 2008, 09:27 GMT).



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