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Ann Surg Oncol. 2011 Dec;18(13):3673-9. doi: 10.1245/s10434-011-1793-1. Epub 2011 Jun 15.

Survival and quality of life following cytoreductive surgery plus hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy for peritoneal carcinomatosis of colonic origin.

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Section of Hematology and Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC, USA.



Peritoneal carcinomatosis of colonic origin (PCC) is a life-threatening diagnosis. Cytoreductive surgery (CS) with hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) offers patients the prospect of long-term survival with alleviation of symptoms.


Patients underwent HIPEC for PCC and completed questionnaires preoperatively (T1) and after surgery at 3 (T2), 6 (T3), and 12 (T4) months. Questionnaires included the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Colon (FACT-C), Brief Pain Inventory (BPI), SF-36 Medical Outcomes Study Survey (SF-36), Center for Epidemiologic Studies-Depression Scale (CES-D), and the ECOG Performance Status Rating.


A total of 62 patients were assessed before surgery. Median overall survival was 18 months, with 71.3 ± 6.3% survival at 1 year. Emotional well-being (P = .0007) improved after HIPEC. Social/family well-being (P = .065) and the colon subscale (P = .061) of the FACT worsened at T2, but recovered by T3. One-third to one-half of patients reported depressive symptoms over the course of the study. Pain scores increased above BL at T2, but decreased below BL at T3 and T4.


Emotional well being is improved after CS + HIPEC despite complications that may affect short-term recovery. Most patients remaining in the study recover to preoperative levels of functioning between 3 and 6 months after surgery. For some, survival can be attained without major decrement in QOL at 1 year. QOL concerns must be a key component in the evaluation for patients with PCC for CS and HIPEC.

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