CZE starts new ovarian cancer treatment

Photo credit: Catharina Hospital/Studio040

Eindhoven’s Catharina Hospital starts offering a new treatment for ovarian cancer. The results of this new treatment look promising. The hospital is the only one in Noord-Brabant and Limburg, offering this operation to patients.

Gynaecologist Dorry Boll of the Catharina Hospital says: “This treatment can really make a difference to women. Previously they had to go abroad. Now we can help women here in Eindhoven”.

The HIPEC treatment is intended for women with ovarian cancer who have metastases in the abdominal cavity as well. This treatment is a combination of surgery and chemotherapy.

A surgeon and a gynaecologist first remove all visible and tangible tumours from the abdominal cavity. Then the abdominal cavity is rinsed using chemotherapy.

The aim is to combat invisible tumour cells. The new treatment spares other organs. As a result, patients experience fewer side effects.

So far, research showed, chances of survival are ten percent higher for patients treated using HIPEC.

In the Netherlands, approximately 1,300 women a year are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In three quarters of the cases, the disease has already spread to the abdomen by the time the illness is diagnosed.

Source: Studio 040

Translator: Kate

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