"Hot Chemo" Poses Potential Dangers


August 17, 2011

KYW NewsRadio

Stephen Rubin, MD, chief of Gynecologic Oncology in the Abramson Cancer Center, is quoted in a KYW NewsRadio story detailing a "hot chemotherapy" procedure -- in which patients with ovarian or colorectal cancer are treated by opening up their abdominal cavity, examining every organ for tumor, then pouring heated chemotherapy medication into the abdomen for more than an hour -- that's making headlines. Rubin warns that the treatment remains unproven, and possibly even dangerous: “Unfortunately, it’s something that has been around in various iterations for decades now and it remains unproven. It’s never been subject to rigorous scientific study," he says. Risks include “blood clots, bleeding, infection, damage to other organs, risks of chemotherapy itself, and patients would typically need additional treatment after that anyway. I think most practitioners would say this is an unproven technique and should remain strictly experimental.” Read More

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