NFRMC Performs First HIPEC Cancer Procedure in NCFL

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - One doctor at North Florida Regional Medical center is bringing a brand new procedure for the first time ever to North-Central Florida to cure a rare form of cancer.

On December 5, Dr. Francisco Macedo, a surgical oncologist at NFRMC performed a new form of chemotherapy called HIPEC.

Macedo says the procedure involves several hours and sometimes the reduction of multiple organs in an attempt to clear the patient from cancer.

64-year-old Tina Karlen had stage 4 Adenocarcinoma of the Appendix. Every other doctor said there was nothing they could do to help her.

Macedo says, “usually, these patients don’t respond as well to the conventional chemotherapy, so HIPEC is an alternative and is an option for these patients."

Macedo says hipec is also great because it only takes one visit, not repeated chemotherapy.

He says, "it can decrease the amount of pain, increase the length of survival and should also decrease the number of procedures and decrease the number of hospitalizations."

Although HIPEC is not guaranteed to cure this rare form of cancer, it gives patients hope that they can be cured without having to travel far from family and spend months away from home.

"These patients, they have to travel sometimes out of state, be away from family members, so to be able to perform these operations here close to families. We have noted a significant change in satisfaction and improvement to quality of life after this complex operation."

Dr. Macedo says he has already performed a second successful HIPEC procedure and has more planned in the future.