· PIPAC is a new option of treatment for patients suffering from ovarian, gastric, colorectal and appendicular cancers
· This is one of the best cancer procedures during COVID-19 times as the hospital stay of the patient is just a day or two
· It is a novel chemo-delivery system for patients whose cancers are resistant to usual chemotherapy protocols
Gurugram, June 23, 2020: For 35-year-old Ms Rupshikha Thakur (name changed), who had run out of options after her ovarian cancer recurred for the third time, the revolutionary Pressurised Intraperitoneal Aerosol Chemotherapy (PIPAC) has come as a miracle. Ms Thakur, whose body had stopped responding to traditional treatment after undergoing cycles of strenuous chemotherapy, targeted therapy and immunotherapy, became the first to undergo the procedure in the millennium city at Paras Hospital Gurugram under the expert team of surgical oncologists led by Dr. Vinay Samuel Gaikwad, Associate Director, Surgical Oncology, Paras Cancer Centre.
PIPAC is a palliative option of treatment for patients suffering from ovarian, gastric, colorectal, appendicular and certain other cancers which have spread within the abdomen. The PIPAC process is a combination of surgery and chemotherapy. This is a laparoscopic procedure in which a keyhole (incision) is made. Using a special device, standard liquid chemotherapy that has been converted into gaseous/aerosol form, is sprayed directly onto the cancerous area. After the procedure, the residual fumes are absorbed through a special filter and the incision is closed. In fact, after the procedure, the patient can be discharged on the same day or the next, said Dr. Vinay Samuel Gaikwad, Associate Director, Surgical Oncology, Paras Cancer Centre.
What makes this procedure unique is that it can be used when other treatment fails. Also, the patient’s general condition does not have to be very good in order to tolerate the procedure. “Side-effects that are commonly seen in other procedures such as hair loss, kidney problems, liver problems, vomiting etc, are either minimal or not seen at all. Any patient with peritoneal cancer, who can withstand a two-hour surgery under anesthesia, is compatible with this therapy. Therefore, most patients can tolerate this procedure very well,” added Dr Gaikwad.
With this therapy, Paras Hospital Gurugram has earned the title of using technology for the first time in the city.