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Patient Recruitment

HIPEC for Stomach Cancer

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Do You Have Stomach Cancer?

You may be interested in a research study.

Researchers at the National Cancer Institute need volunteers 18 or older with stomach (gastric) cancer that has spread to the abdomen for a clinical study combining surgery with heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) as a potential new treatment for stomach cancer at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

The chemotherapy agents used in this research study is cisplatin & mitomycin C. These two chemotherapies are FDA-approved for cancers other than stomach cancer; however their use to treat stomach cancer is experimental. There is strong evidence that they are effective in the treatment of gastric cancers.

About the research study:

  • Patients will be screened for eligibility including medical history, blood, urine and heart tests, laparoscopy of the abdomen, and endoscopy with stomach tissue biopsy
  • Surgery is performed to remove all visible tumors from the abdomen. A warm chemotherapy solution is then delivered throughout the abdomen to destroy remaining cancer cells.
  • Following surgery, patients will remain at the Clinical Center for 1-3 weeks.
  • After discharge, patients will be evaluated every few months for 3 years, then once per year.

You may be eligible if:

  • You are 18 and older with gastric cancer that has spread to the abdomen
  • You have already received 3-6 cycles of systemic chemotherapy
  • Physiologically able to undergo heated chemotherapy and gastrectomy
  • Other eligibility criteria may apply

All study-related tests and procedures are provided at no cost.

Location: The NIH Clinical Center, America's research hospital, is conveniently located on the Metro Red Line (Medical Center stop) in Bethesda, Maryland.

For more information, call:
Office of Patient Recruitment
TTY: 1-866-411-1010
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Or go online:
Refer to study # 17-C-0070

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)
National Cancer Institute (NCI)

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This page last updated on 10/22/2021

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