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As we’ve discussed here, at Bogotá Surgery.org and elsewhere on the web – Cytoreductive surgery with intraperitoneal hyperthermic chemotherapy (HIPEC) has shown promising results over the last ten + years – but unfortunately – it just isn’t widely available for many people.

In addition to the programs I’ve told you about (Dr. Arias at Santa Fe de Bogotá and Dr. Dan “Trey” Blazer, who I am interviewing later this month) there are several clinical trials looking at using this therapy for different oncology applications including ovarian, pancreatic, colon and other abdominal cancers.

I’ve included links to a general site, Clinical Trials.gov  as well as links to enrollment information for specific trials.  I’ll update this information periodically.

French ovarian cancer multi-site trial – open enrollment

Swiss study for recurrent ovarian cancer

German study for recurrent ovarian cancer

Minnesota study for ovarian cancer

Netherlands – stage III ovarian cancer

MD Anderson – pediatric/ young adults with round cell tumors (sarcomas, Wilm’s tumor etc.)

Chinese study for peritoneal carcinomatosis – (colon or gastric primary)  information about this study hasn’t been updated for a while so I will attempt to contact the primary investigator.  It appears the study was to complete in December of 2009 – but I’ll check anyway.

Belgian study for patients with gastric, biliary and pancreatic cancer

The HIPEC treatment link has a ‘find a doctor’ section – however it does not appear to be working.

Dr. Paul Sugarbaker – inventor of the Sugarbaker procedure (aka HIPEC).  Dr. Sugarbaker is in private practice in Washington, D.C.  He also maintains a list of doctors and treatment centers performing HIPEC.

For information about Hyperthermic intrathoracic chemotherapy and cytoreductive surgery (HITHOC) – visit our sister site, Cirugiadetorax.org

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As some of you know – I took on the coffee challenge in graduate school after a few stupid comments from classmates over my coffee drinking habit (I like about four cups a day).. So as part of a grad school assignment I reviewed the literature surrounding coffee, and the active ingredients in coffee and it’s kin (cocoa) and wrote about the health benefits of the methylxanthines; theophylline, theobromide, and caffeine.. I talked about the use of theophylline to prevent anoxic injury to the brain and to help restore spontaneous circulation in people after brady/asystolic arrest..
I also debunked some of the common myths surrounding ‘theophylline toxicity’ and it’s unwarrented and tarnished reputation.**

** (check the potassium level, everyone – and know that the effective / therapuetic range is actually 5 to 10 not 10 to 20)

Since then I hae been ardent follower of coffee drinking/ health stories..
– We now know it doesn’t precipitate atrial fibrillation – as demonstrated in several very large studies last year..

– It’s protective against diabetes and pancreatic cancer..

and now, ladies – it appears the health effects extend to a stroke benefit as well.. Now, maybe it isn’t all true – but the next time someone makes a smarmy comment about coffee harming your health – here’s some ammo to fire right back at them..

Here’s some links to the story- which was widely reported, and picked up by AP.

Coffee reduces Stroke

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110310/ap_on_he_me/us_med_coffee_stroke

http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=650753

LA timesNow – just make sure you haven’t ruined it with 300 calories worth of fat and sugar..

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