BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Hypertherm intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) is increasingly used in the treatment of ovarian, tubal, and primary peritoneal cancer (OC). The aim was to evaluate short-term morbidity of cytoreductive surgery (CRS) and carboplatin HIPEC.
METHODS: Prospective feasibility study performed from January 2016 to December 2017. Twenty-five patients with primary OC (FIGO III-IV) received upfront or interval CRS combined with carboplatin HIPEC at dose 800 mg/m 2 . Primary outcome measurements: grade 3 to 5 adverse events within 30 days according to Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events. Secondary outcome measurements: reoperation rate, length of hospital stay, readmission rate, and time from surgery to systemic chemotherapy administration.
RESULTS: No deaths (grade 5) or grade 4 adverse events were observed. Eleven patients (44.0%) experienced at least one grade 3 adverse event, the most common being an infection (28.0%) and neutropenia (12.0%). The reoperation rate was 8.0%. The median hospital stay was 14 days (range 9-25 days), and five patients (25.0%) were readmitted within 30 days after surgery. Median time from surgery to the administration of the first dose of systemic chemotherapy was 41 days (range 24-81 days).
CONCLUSION: Our small-scale prospective study supports that CRS and carboplatin HIPEC used for primary advanced-stage OC is feasible with acceptable morbidity.