Heated Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC)
Frequently Asked Questions About HIPEC
What conditions can HIPEC treat?
HIPEC is often the main treatment for a rare condition called pseudomyxoma peritonei. HIPEC is also used to treat a disease called peritoneal mesothelioma.
What is the recovery process like?
Recovery time is different for each person.
After HIPEC, the patient usually stays in Huntsman Cancer Institute's intensive care unit for 1-2 days. Then the person moves to the regular recovery unit. Most patients are in the hospital for 7-10 days. A week after going home from the hospital, the care team sees the patients in the clinic for follow-up, and later as needed. Recovery at home usually takes another 10-12 weeks. This is about the same as for any major surgery in the abdomen.
What are the possible risks?
The possible risks and side effects of HIPEC are the same as for abdomen surgery:
- Need for more surgery
Chemo can also lower the number of red and white cells in the patient’s blood. The combination of surgery and chemo can also cause extreme tiredness and weight loss. Both of these usually stop 6-8 weeks after HIPEC.
Most people do not lose their hair with HIPEC.
Will my insurance cover HIPEC?
Studies have shown that HIPEC is a safe procedure that works for some cancers and conditions. Depending on the cancer type, many insurance providers will cover HIPEC treatment.
Billing and financial services staff can help verify insurance coverage.