Advanced Practice Nursing Issues

Heated Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy in Appendiceal Cancer Treatment

Robin Cianos

Sharon LaFever

Nicole Mills

hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy, cytoreductive, fertility, pregnancy
CJON 2013, 17(1), 84-87. DOI: 10.1188/13.CJON.84-87

Appendiceal cancer is rare and has been treated traditionally with repeated surgical debulking; however, cytoreductive surgery (CRS) with heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) is becoming the preferred treatment modality because of improved survival. Nurses are responsible for knowing how to care for patients who are receiving or have received this treatment and need to be prepared to provide education on oncofertility. This case study illustrates the nursing implications of pregnancy and childbirth following CRS with HIPEC.

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