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Treatments for Rare and Complex Cancers

Options are giving patients hope and improved quality of life
March 25, 2009
5:00 PM CDT
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From St. Joseph's Hospital and Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield, WI

Diagnosis of cancer of the liver or pancreas as well as other invasive cancers of the abdomen can be devastating. At Saint Joseph's Hospital and Marshfield Clinic Marshfield WI – options for treatment and palliation of disease are available that give patients hope and improved quality of life. The Cancer Center in Marshfield has capabilities that offer patients treatment options for any cancer diagnosis. Two surgeries/procedures for treatment of these rare and complex cancers will be featured on the 10th webcast sponsored by Saint Joseph's Hospital and Marshfield Clinic. The webcast will air from 5-6 p.m. Wednesday, March 25.

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Diagnosis of cancer of the liver or pancreas as well as other invasive cancers of the abdomen can be devastating. At Saint Joseph's Hospital and Marshfield Clinic Marshfield WI – options for treatment and palliation of disease are available that give patients hope and improved quality of life. The Cancer Center in Marshfield has capabilities that offer patients treatment options for any cancer diagnosis. Two surgeries/procedures for treatment of these rare and complex cancers will be featured on the 10th webcast sponsored by Saint Joseph's Hospital and Marshfield Clinic. The webcast will air from 5-6 p.m. Wednesday, March 25.

Procedures featured are
(1) Chemoembolization; and (2) Cytoreductive Surgery and Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC). During the webcast, Marshfield Clinic physicians on staff at Saint Joseph's Hospital will discuss the surgeries. The program will feature the pre-taped procedures, and a real-time panel discussion and analysis.

Moderator will be William Hocking, MD, hematologist/oncologist. Others serving on the panel will be Kristin Gerndt, MD, interventional radiologist; Sanjoy Saha, MD, FACS, surgical oncologist, and Seth Fagbemi, MD, hematologist/medical oncologist.

Chemoembolization, a minimally invasive treatment for liver cancer or metastasis to the liver, involves giving chemotherapy drugs directly into the vessels that supply blood to the liver tumors. It involves a small needle puncture in the patient's femoral artery at the groin and inserting a catheter into a branch of the liver artery. It is not a cure for the cancer, but it can extend and preserve the quality of a patient's life, with minimal side effects.

The combination of Cytoreductive Surgery and Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) is a newer modality of treatment for peritoneal surface malignancy. Cytoreduction removes all or the majority of the cancer that has spread to the peritoneal surfaces of the abdomen. The long and complicated surgery is best performed by a surgical oncologist who specializes in these types of surgery. It is followed by HIPEC, a newer treatment, which involves giving chemotherapy solutions directly into the abdomen while the patient is still in the operating room. The chemotherapy solution is heated to a temperature higher than normal body temperature. When the chemotherapy is heated, it is thought to be more effective in killing cancer cells.

Saint Joseph's Hospital is a 500-plus bed tertiary care teaching institution. One of the largest rural referral medical centers and one of only three Children's Hospitals in Wisconsin, it provides health care, including all major medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties, to an ever increasing service area in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.. Saint Joseph's Hospital, a member of Ministry Health Care, was founded nearly 120 years ago by the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother. Its Mission is to continually improve the health and well being of all people, especially the poor, in the communities it serves.

The Marshfield Clinic system provides patient care, research and education with more than 40 locations in northern, central and western Wisconsin, making it one of the largest comprehensive medical systems in the United States.

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