Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy

The only cancer treatment center in the region that performs hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy

Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) is a treatment option for patients with peritoneal spread of cancers arising from the appendix, colon and stomach, peritoneal mesothelioma and primary peritoneal malignancy.

HIPEC is the chemotherapy component of a surgical procedure called Cytoreductive Surgery (CRS) involving the removal of all the tumor masses and the affected abdominal wall lining (peritoneum) in the operating room. The surgery is immediately followed by the delivery of heated chemotherapy directly into the abdominal cavity via special catheters and heated perfusion pumps.

The chemotherapy agents are allowed to bathe the abdominal cavity for up to 90 minutes. Then, they are removed and the abdomen is flushed out with sterile solution.

For certain types of appendiceal cancer, cytosurgery with HIPEC is the only treatment required to adequately treat the cancer.

Dawn Scott's Story

In late November of 2011, Dawn Scott began to notice unusual weight gain around her waist, and by mid-December her waist had lost its shape. She made an appointment to see her doctor and was referred to Loma Linda University Cancer Center where she received specialized care and HIPEC therapy.

Our HIPEC Expert



Maheswari (Maggie) Senthil, MD, is an expert surgical oncologist who has several years of experience performing complex and advanced surgical procedures. One of her clinical specialties includes HIPEC surgery. Among her many accolades, she serves as the liaison physician for the Loma Linda University Cancer Center with the American College of Surgeons. 

Senthil and our highly respected specialists at the Loma Linda University Cancer Center believe the best cancer care requires highly skilled and compassionate providers who understand the complexity of each patient’s needs. 

Referring physicians

To refer a patient or for assistance in determining if your patient is a candidate for HIPEC, please contact 1-800-78-CANCER | 909-558-CANCER (2262).

I am strong! I am a fighter! I am a survivor! I will beat cancer! Dawn Scott, cancer survivor & HIPEC recipient