Frequently Asked Questions

Question about the oncological center J. Torrent Institute

Fill in the form giving your patient details, attach your medical report and the most recent tests you have undertaken (blood test, TAC, MRI etc…) or any other documents that provide information about your state of health.

After our medical team have studied your case, we will get in touch with you to propose a detailed treatment program and provide an orientive quote for costs.

The team can communicate with you in Spanish, French or English. We can provide translation services in Russian, Arab and German to accompany you during your visits with the surgeon.

This service is not included in the quote for costs.

The quote must be paid on admission.

Payment can be made in cash, bank transfer or by credit card.

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Our Patient Care Team will take care of all the requests before you arrive.
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Questions about the HIPEC technique

No, the HIPEC and the systemic chemotherapy are complementary. Most of the times, it is necessary to perform chemotherapy after the HIPEC. This will be guided by the doctor according to the patient’s evolution.

A complete analysis is required, an electrocardiogram (EKG) and a thorax radiography. If the patient suffers from some pathological disease or takes any medication, a visit with an anaesthetist can be required, as well as other complementary tests before the intervention.

Before the HIPEC, the day before or else the same day of the admission, an intestinal preparation has to be dispensed. Nothing else is required.

The HIPEC does not affect the system, neither as endovenous chemotherapy, so defenses are not affected by it.

Most of the times, a month is needed to retake the lifestyle you had before the intervention. It is recommended not to make strong physical exercise, but it crucial as well to avoid sedentarism and to follow a healthy diet.

A HIPEC is the application of intraperitoneal chemotherapy after the realization of a surgery to remove the tumour of the abdominal cavity. A PIPAC is the application of a cycle of chemotherapy via laparoscopy by aerosol inside the abdominal cavity.

The scar that the HIPEC leaves goes from the xifoides until the pubic area.

The length of the HIPEC intervention is variable, depending on the time that the surgical intervention lasts. As a general rule, it can last from 5 to 10 hours. The application of the chemotherapy in concrete lasts from 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the used chemotherapy.

HIPEC has demonstrated its efficiency in several pathologies. In ovarian cancer, for example, The New England Journal of Medicine has published at the beginning of this 2018 a study that proves a higher survival rate in those patients treated with HIPEC, in relation to the ones which get neoadjuvant chemotherapy.

The patients use to stay in the hospital 10 to 15 days.

The HIPEC itself does not have any risks. The surgery is the factor that has a certain morbidity, but not more than a frequent digestive surgery, as the pancreas cancer. The possible complications of the surgery include infections, bleeding and the risk of surgical reintervention.

Usually, cisplatin is applied. If the patient is allergic, another chemotherapy is used.

In general terms we consider an age of 75 as limit age to perform a HIPEC, but it will depend very much on the general health state of the patient.

Questions about the PIPAC technique

No. The PIPAC and the systemic chemotherapy are complementary treatments. Most of the cases the treatments are applied sequentially.

No. The patient registers in the hospital the same say of the PIPAC without any special preparation.

Yes, PIPAC is a laparoscopy in which the chemotherapy is applied by aerosol in the inside of the abdomen.

Yes, a basic preoperatory is required, that includes a blood analysis, an electrocardiogram and a thorax radiography.

60 to 90 minutes are required to perform a PIPAC.

A HIPEC is the application of intraperitoneal chemotherapy after the realization of a surgery to remove the tumour of the abdominal cavity. A PIPAC is the application of a cycle of chemotherapy via laparoscopy by aerosol inside the abdominal cavity.

Generally, the hospitalization lasts 24 to 48 hours. According to the type of chemotherapy that we are applying, the patient can feel a slight or moderate abdominal pain in the first days of the post-operatory. This pain is controlled with analgesics.

After two weeks from the PIPAC intervention, the patient can already be treated with chemotherapy.

The PIPAC is a brand new technique and that is why there are no definitive studies about its efficacy, but the first results are promising. In the majority of the cases it has been proved to control the disease and in some cases even reduce it being effective a surgical intervention.

Generic questions about cancer diagnosis and treatment

The best treatment is an initial surgery to remove all the tumour that is macroscopically visible, followed by 6 cycles of chemotherapy.

If in your family there is more than one case of ovarian cancer or colon cancer, it is recommended to appoint a visit with a specialist and determine if a generic study is necessary.

For the moment, any factor has been identified as relevant to influence in the appearance of ovarian cancer. Only if there are various cancer cases in the family it can be prevented.

A healthy diet and regular physical exercise have been proved to be an effective prevention of some cancers.

Yes, there is no contradiction in taking alternative medicine, as long as they are not substituting the ones that your doctor prescribed.

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