Ascension Saint Thomas is pleased to announce that Dr. Jason Barnett and Dr. Michael Stany have become the first gynecological oncologists in Tennessee to perform a type of chemotherapy treatment known as Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) or "hot chemotherapy."
In this particular case, the patient first completed traditional chemotherapy treatments before heated chemo was applied at the time of "debulking," or surgical removal of the cancerous tumors. The surgery took approximately 6 hours. Additional rounds of traditional chemotherapy will follow. The patient, a Middle Tennessee resident, has returned home and is recovering well.
"Any time a treatment is new, there is a learning curve. Dr. Stany and I are excited about this innovative use of HIPEC and we feel optimistic about its potential for life-saving application in ovarian cancer patients," said Dr. Jason Barnett.