[Edward A. Levine M.D.](http://www1.wfubmc.edu/gs/about/faculty/DrLevine.htm), professor of surgical oncology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, will perform surgery with intraperitoneal hyperthermic chemotherapy and discuss the treatment of cancer that has spread into the abdominal cavity during a [free webcast on November 17](http://www.or-live.com/WFUBMC/1478/)
+ Intraperitoneal Hyperthermic Chemotherapy for Persistant Cancer
+ November 17, 2005
+ 5 p.m. (Eastern Time)
+ [Connection information](http://www.or-live.com/WFUBMC/1478/)
Cancer that spreads from the colon into the abdominal (*peritoneal*) cavity is particularly difficult to treat. Tumors develop on the peritoneum itself and on the surfaces of abdominal organs. Cancer cells may circulate in the fluid inside the abdominal cavity.
Wake Forest, among other specialized surgical centers, has developed treatment that combines surgery to remove as much visible cancer as possible (*cytoreduction*) with pumping heated chemotherapy into the abdomen (*intraperitoneal hyperthermic chemotherapy or IPHC*). The technique has been successful in achieving long-term remissions for a percentage of carefully chosen patients.
[Science Daily](http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/02/040212085309.htm) reported on publication of Wake Forest research to treat peritoneal cancer in February, 2004.
Research results of the work of Dr. Levine, Dr. Perry Shen, and their colleagues at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center were published in the [*Annals of of Surgical Oncology*](http://www.annalssurgicaloncology.org/cgi/content/abstract/11/2/178) in 2004 — *Cytoreductive Surgery and Intraperitoneal Hyperthermic Chemotherapy With Mitomycin C for Peritoneal Carcinomatosis from Nonappendiceal Colorectal Carcinoma.*