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Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC)

Michigan HIPEC Leader

At Ascension, our doctors create detailed treatment plans and provide comprehensive surgical care to help improve and maintain your quality of life and hope for the future. Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC), is a procedure that has applications for advanced cancers that have spread to the lining of the abdominal cavity including colorectal, gastric, ovarian, appendiceal, mesothelioma or any gastrointestinal or gynecologic malignancy that has spread to the peritoneum.

The treatment involves surgically removing cancerous tumors from the abdominal cavity, then bathing the cavity with heated chemotherapy. 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.

The HIPEC program offered at Ascension St. John in Detroit is led by Dr. Richard Berri, Chief of Surgical Oncology and the Director of the Peritoneal Malignancies Program. Since his arrival, Dr. Berri and his team have performed over 300 HIPEC cases at Ascension St. John Hospital, which gives them valuable experience to care your loved one.

Through the multidisciplinary clinic, each patient will receive an individualized plan of care that works best for them, their family and their diagnosis.


If you are interested in additional information regarding the HIPEC procedure, please schedule a phone conversation with Dr. Berri at 313-647-3252 or complete this contact form to connect with our Nurse Navigator.

Days, evenings and weekends are available.

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