Peritoneal carcinomatosis (PC) had long been regarded as a terminal disease, characterized by a very poor survival and worth treating with palliative therapy. A new strategy combining maximal surgery (cytoreductive surgery, CRS), with maximal regional chemotherapy (hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy, HIPEC), has been proposed to treat PC, resulting in long-term survival rates in selected patients. The emerging trend is to view localised peritoneal carcinomatosis, in the absence of other metastases, as a regional metastatic disease that is amenable to locoregional therapy. In spite of the need for more high quality studies, many international experts now agree that the use of this new strategy is a gold standard for treating selected patients with PC with the intent of curing. The best results are achieved in patients with limited disease who have completed macroscopic tumor removal. To offer a comprehensive review, we summarized the present status and possible future progress of this treatment modality, in particular outlining its rationale, current practice and general outcome. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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