Cytoreductive Surgery with HIPEC

Cytoreductive surgery is a treatment for patients diagnosed with peritoneal surface malignancies. Peritoneal surface malignancy is a rare but serious cancer that affects the lining of the abdominal cavity. Peritoneal cancer often develops when tumours from appendix, rectum, ovaries, stomach, colon or other organs spread to peritoneal surfaces.

Cytoreductive surgery with HIPEC began in the early 1980s and it is a major surgery that requires an experienced surgeon to handle. Dr. Shabnam Bashir is one such surgical oncologist who is highly experienced and efficient. She performs cytoreductive surgery in combination with HIPEC (i.e. Heated Intraabdominal Chemotherapy), which considerably increases the life expectancy and decreases the chances of cancer recurrence.

What is Cytoreductive Surgery?

Cytoreductive surgery or debulking is a curative procedure that aims at eliminating all visible tumours affecting the peritoneal surface of the abdomen. This surgery is performed in patients who are in the early and advanced stage of peritoneal cancer. The survival rate of the patients has increased by 50% after this surgery.

What is HIPEC?

HIPEC or Heated Intraperitoneal or Abdominal Chemotherapy is a form of chemotherapy performed at the end of the surgery to remove the remaining cancer cells from the abdominal lining. The procedure helps in better absorption of medication to the cancer cells and generally, the side-effects from HIPEC is very low when compared to traditional chemotherapy.

Benefits of Cytoreductive with HIPEC

The benefits of cytoreductive with HIPEC are as follows:

  • Cytoreductive with HIPEC can improve a patient's overall life expectancy. After this procedure, patients can experience a better quality of life.
  • Combination of cytoreductive along with HIPEC may be more effective and beneficial than surgery or chemotherapy alone.
  • The procedure is done more precisely thus the side-effects are relatively low than normal chemotherapy.
  • The surgery can help a patient relieve from the symptoms of the disease.

Risks associated with Cytoreductive Surgery with HIPEC

Like any other surgeries, there are some complications associated with cytoreductive with HIPEC also. They are:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Abnormal heartbeat
  • Diarrhea

Cytoreductive surgery with HIPEC is an effective treatment for curing peritoneal cancer with fewer side-effects. Consult an experienced Surgical Oncologist for the procedure. Dr. Shabnam Bashir is a well-trained specialist who has treated many patients suffering from peritoneal cancer. Book an appointment now!

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About Dr. Shabnam Bashir


Dr. Shabnam Bashir has time and again proved her extensive and versatile expertise as a Colorectal Cancer Surgeon. This is validated by the successful cases of patients that she has dealt with.

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