Colorectal and GI Cancers

Colon and Rectal Cancer Surgical Options

Management of colorectal cancer requires the innovative combination of surgery and chemotherapy available at UPMC CancerCenter.

These techniques include:

Regional Perfusion for Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer that has spread to the peritoneal (abdominal) cavity can be especially difficult to treat because it spreads hundreds of tiny seed-like tumors throughout the abdomen.

A regional perfusion technique called hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemoperfusion, or HIPEC, has shown significant promise in the treatment of this challenging cancer.

HIPEC delivers high concentrations of chemotherapy directly to the site of the cancer rather than through the bloodstream, as in traditional chemotherapy. The chemotherapy is heated and then circulated through an organ or within a certain region, bathing the cancer in the medication to treat it.

Learn more about the HIPEC procedure at UPMC.