Cytoreductive surgery and HITHOC

HITHOC research and programs

Since I’ve had enough web traffic and emails to see that I am not the only person that is interested in more news and research in the area of HITHOC, I have started contacting thoracic surgeons and programs that are doing research and treatment using hyperthermic intrathoracic chemotherapy. (I have identified thoracic surgeons through published literature.)

I’ve already contacted several (by email) and hope to hear back soon – so I can pass it on to interested readers.  If you are currently researching this treatment, or know of a thoracic surgery program, please contact me via the site with more specific details.

HITHOC programs – Cytoreductive surgery with Hyperthermic intrathoracic chemotherapy

1.  University Medical Center (Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery) and at the Barmherzige Brüder Regensburg (Department of Thoracic Surgery) – Regensburg, Germany  (more details pending).

1 July 2011

Running into some roadblocks on this project – having a hard time contacting (and receiving replies) from authors researching HITHOC.  Hopefully, I’ll get some more leads soon.

Other Research Programs:

HITHOC (Cytoreductive surgery + hyperthermic chemotherapy

1.  Extrapleural Pneumonectomy /Pleurectomy Decortication, IHOC Cisplatin and Gemcitabine With Amifostine and Sodium Thiosulfate Cytoprotection for Resectable Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma – at Brigham & Womens – study led by Dr. David Sugarbaker (who I have attempted to contact on behalf of the site several times.) This looks to be one of several clinical trial arms for HITHOC/ Hyperthermic chemotherapy for malignant chemotherapy at Brigham and Women’s.

Hyperthermic Chemotherapy only:

1.  Hyperthermia/Thermal Therapy With Chemotherapy to Treat Inoperable or Metastatic Tumors  – at the University of Texas at Houston, TexasClinical trial currently recruiting participants.

2.  Heated Chemotherapy for Cancers That Have Spread to the Chest Cavity – at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital. Currently enrolling participants.

4 replies »

  1. Thanks for researching! I have seen Dr. sugar baker and he said that I was not a candidate for surgery. However, If I can find a chemo regimen that is less toxic, I will try it. How can I stay informed? I have been off and on chemo for 5 years with stage 4 appendecial cancer.

    • happy to do so – it’s why I am here.
      there is a website; clinical with information about on-going clinical trials for different cancers and conditions. You might want to try talking with another oncological surgeon about your options.. While Dr. Sugarbaker is the leading US researcher in HIPEC, there are other surgeons that have been performing this procedure for years and may be able to offer another perspective or more information.

      Here is a recently published article on hipec for advanced appendiceal cancer -you may have already read it.

      I hope this helps – and best of luck..

  2. Hi I’m researching where I can travel outside Canada to receive a lung biopsy and possibly a whole lung lavage.
    I have inhaled a fair amount of crystalline silica while cutting artificial stone.
    Now I have multiple nodules, chest pain and exertional dyspnea

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