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Eur J Gynaecol Oncol. 2007;28(2):128-30.

Combination of intraperitoneal hyperthermic perfusion chemotherapy (IHPC) with intraperitoneal chemotherapy as a treatment modality for persistent ovarian cancer.

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Department of Gynecology, Medical University of GdaƄsk, Poland.


Persistent minimal residual disease diagnosed after the first line of chemotherapy during second-look surgery can be an indication for intraperitoneal chemotherapy. Another treatment option is intraperitoneal hyperthermic perfusion chemotherapy (IHPC) where the drug is administrated into the peritoneal cavity with the use of extracorporeal closed circuit perfusate circulation at a temperature of 41-42 degrees C. We have started to perform, as a second-line treatment, a combination of one IHPC procedure and four cycles of standard intraperitoneal chemotherapy. In a patient who had previously undergone three different chemotherapy regimens, stabilization of the disease was achieved. In our opinion combining the IHPC procedure with intraperitoneal chemotherapy can be valuable in patients with small volume residual tumor.

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