By Emma Shepard
For many patients, a stage 4 cancer diagnosis can be crippling. Though stage 4 diagnoses look different based on the type of cancer, treatment options are generally limited and the road to potential recovery looks daunting.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Division of Surgical Oncology continues to offer more treatment options for patients with a stage 4 cancer diagnosis. Recently, the division launched the hepatic artery infusion pump program, which offers targeted chemotherapy for patients with colon cancer that has spread to their liver.
The division now offers a heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) program to treat patients with stage 4 appendix, colorectal, peritoneal mesothelioma, peritoneal and gastric cancers; eventually expanding to treat ovarian cancer.
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