If you’re anything like me, you’re probably going to want to know what they’re going to do to you to remove the current spot of bother.
For me, that involves complete cyroreduction surgery (CS). So what exactly is it?
Complete CS (complete tumour removal) is a technique developed and popularised by Professor Paul Sugarbaker at the Washington Cancer Centre. Average operating time for what is called a major peritonectomy is ten hours. The operation comprises a number of different procedures, listed below:
- Right hemicolectomy – removal of the right side of the colon
- Greater omentectomy – removal of the great omentum
- Splenectomy – removal of the spleen
- Chloecystectomy – removal of the gallbladder
- Lesser omentectomy – removal of the less omentum
- Pelvic peritonectomy, which sometimes includes the rectum by anterior resection and in women, includes the removal of the ovaries and uterus
- Stripping of the peritoneum from the left hemidiaphragm
- Stripping of the peritoneum from the right hemidiaphragm
- Stripping of disease from the surface of the liver
Following this chemotherapy is given directly into the peritoneal cavity at the time of the operation.
That’s it really… simples!