Cytoreductive surgery and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) for colorectal and appendiceal peritoneal metastases - The Hong Kong experience and literature review.

Research paper by Felix Che-Lok FC Chow, Jeremy J Yip, Dominic Chi-Chung DC Foo, Rockson R Wei, Hok Kwok HK Choi, Ka Kin KK Ng, Oswens Siu-Hung OS Lo

Indexed on: 02 Jul '20Published on: 02 Jul '20Published in: Asian Journal of Surgery


Cytoreductive surgery (CRS) and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) is increasingly used to treat peritoneal metastases from appendiceal or colorectal origin. We evaluate our institution's experience and survival outcomes with this procedure, and its efficacy in symptom relief. This is a single-centre retrospective observational study on patients with peritoneal metastases (PM) from appendiceal neoplasm or colorectal cancer who underwent CRS/HIPEC in Queen Mary Hospital. Our primary endpoints were overall survival (OS) and morbidity and mortality of this procedure; secondary endpoints included disease-free survival (DFS) and symptom-free survival. Between 2006 and 2018, thirty CRS/HIPEC procedures were performed for 28 patients - 17 (60.7%) had appendiceal PM while 11 (39.9%) had colorectal PM. The median peritoneal cancer index was 20; complete cytoreduction was achieved in 83.3% patients. High-grade morbidity occurred in 13.3% cases. There was no 30-day mortality. Two-year OS were 71.6% and 50% for low-grade appendiceal PM and colorectal PM patients (p = 0.20). Complete cytoreduction improved OS (2-year OS 75.4% vs 20%, p = 0.04). Median DFS was 11.8 months. Median symptom-free duration was 36.8 months; patients with complete cytoreduction were more likely to remain asymptomatic (82.9% at 1 year, vs 60% in incomplete cytoreduction group, p < 0.01). 91.7% low-grade appendiceal PM patients and 58.4% colorectal PM patients remained asymptomatic at post-operative one year (p = 0.31). CRS/HIPEC is beneficial to appendiceal PM and selected colorectal PM patients - improving survival and offering prolonged symptom relief, with reasonable morbidity and mortality. Complete cytoreduction is key to realising this benefit. Copyright © 2020. Published by Elsevier Taiwan LLC.