Current Management of Peritoneal Carcinomatosis From Colorectal Cancer: the Role of Cytoreductive Surgery and Hyperthermic Peritoneal Chemoperfusion

Ibrahim Nassour, Patricio M. Polanco

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Peritoneal carcinomatosis (PC) from colorectal cancer (CRC) is a disease with a poor prognosis, often thought to be a terminal illness with no hope except for palliative treatment. New therapeutic modalities combining cytoreductive surgery (CRS) and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) have shown favorable outcomes and may provide a significant survival benefit in a selected group of patients. The main rational for CRS is to remove all visible tumor burden to allow for the chemotherapeutic agent (HIPEC) to eradicate any microscopic residual disease. The Amsterdam statement formulated at the 9th International Congress on Peritoneal Surface Malignancies supports the use of CRS with HIPEC as a standard of care for selected patients with small-to-moderate volume PC from CRC. Selecting appropriate patients who would benefit from CRS/HIPEC is paramount to derive the maximum oncological outcomes while minimizing the risks of postoperative complications and mortality. In this paper, we will review the role for CRS/HIPEC in the management of PC from CRC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)144-153
Number of pages10
JournalCurrent Colorectal Cancer Reports
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017



  • Colorectal cancer
  • Cytoreductive surgery
  • Hyperthermic chemoperfusion
  • Peritoneal carcinomatosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Oncology
  • Gastroenterology

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