Cancer Care

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Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC)

Michigan HIPEC Leader

At Ascension, we bring you leading edge treatments to provide not only the best surgical care but the best possible outcomes, while maintaining your quality of life and hope for the future.  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 and mesothelioma. HIPEC has been shown to extend and improve patients’ quality of life.

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.

Dr. Richard Berri, Chief of Surgical Oncology and the Director of the Peritoneal Malignancies Program that performs HIPEC, developed the first program in the state of Michigan and is now a nationally and internationally recognized leader in the procedure. The Ascension HIPEC program is one of the nation’s top volume HIPEC programs and Dr. Berri has performed the most cases, as a single surgeon, in the entire country.

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


To schedule a phone conversation with Dr. Berri regarding HIPEC, call 313-647-3252 or complete this contact form to connect with our Nurse Navigator.

Days, evenings and weekends are available.

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