Improving survival for patients with Peritoneal Carcinomatosis from Colorectal Cancer
Since the arrival of Richard Berri, MD, St. John Providence Health System is the first in Michigan and only one of approximately 20 centers nationwide to offer a unique treatment involving the use of heated chemotherapy.
Known as Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy or HIPEC, the procedure has applications for advanced cancers that have spread to the lining of the abdominal cavity including colorectal, gastric, ovarian, appendiceal and mesothelioma.
The treatment involves surgically removing cancerous tumors from the abdominal cavity, then bathing the cavity with heated chemotherapy. Dr. Berri then continuously circulates the heated, sterile chemotherapy solution throughout the abdominal cavity for up to two hours, killing remaining cancer cells without damaging normal cells in the body. The solution is then removed and the incision is closed.
Delivering heated chemotherapy throughout the abdominal cavity distributes the drug thoroughly and allows it to directly penetrate the areas of cancer and reach areas where cancer cells aren’t easily visible. Because the chemotherapy is delivered directly to the tumor, many of the side effects associated with the intravenous administration of these powerful drugs can be avoided.
HIPEC is a viable treatment option that has been shown to extend and improve patients’ quality of life. Unlike other cancer treatments that treat the symptoms of abdominal cancers, HIPEC can actually stop the growth of abdominal cancers.
St. John Hospital Surgical Oncology Program provides the most comprehensive surgical evaluation and treatment of malignancies that can be treated surgically including pancreas, liver, colorectal and stomach cancer. This it the only Peritoneal Malignancies Program in Michigan to offer HIPEC.
Dr. Berri leads the Surgical Oncology Program at St. John Hospital and Medical Center. He completed his fellowship training at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas.
To refer a patient or schedule a phone consultation with Dr. Berri call (313) 647-3252.