Patient Stories 29 Nov 2023 Back to Stories

Revolutionary New Treatment Only Option to Treat Rare and Complex Abdominal Tumors

Thanks to the availability of innovative treatment options, cancer patient can receive life-saving surgery locally.

When Khaddouj was diagnosed with an extremely rare and difficult to treat abdominal tumor, she was told her only chance of survival was to receive a revolutionary new treatment. Thankfully, the treatment had recently become available at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.

Khaddouj feared the worst when she found out that she had a very rare and very advanced abdominal tumor. Doctors told her that the cancer would be very difficult to treat, and that surgery alone would not be sufficient.

In fact, the condition was so uncommon and complex that in the past, patients had to travel abroad for treatment.

Thankfully, a revolutionary new treatment called hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) had recently become available at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. HIPEC involves performing surgery to remove tumors and, at the same time, treating the stomach with chemicals at high temperatures to kill cancerous cells.

HIPEC is a very complicated procedure, and requires a highly skilled surgical team, supported by an integrated medical team of oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, anesthesiologists and many more.

Khaddouj’s surgery, which lasted around 14 hours, was successful and the team managed to control the disease. She says she is extremely thankful to God and her doctors for giving her a new life.

Khaddouj’s medical team were extremely pleased with her outcome and recovery. They are proud to be able to offer patients in the UAE access to state of the art cancer treatments, allowing them to treat the most complex of conditions, locally.

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