Curated Journal Articles on Mesothelioma

Multicentric initial experience with the use of the pressurized intraperitoneal aerosol chemotherapy (PIPAC) in the management of unresectable peritoneal carcinomatosis

European Journal of Surgical Oncology 2017 September [Epub ahead of print] [Link]

Alyami M, Gagniere J, Sgarbura O, Cabelguenne D, Villeneuve L, Pezet D, Quenet F, Glehen O, Bakrin N, Passot G


PIPAC is a recent approach for intraperitoneal chemotherapy with promising results for patients with peritoneal carcinomatosis (PC). We aimed to evaluate the postoperative outcome of PIPAC in patients with non-resectable PC during our initial experience of the technique.
All patients who underwent PIPAC for non-resectable PC in three centers were analyzed regarding postoperative outcomes.
Seventy-three patients underwent 164 PIPAC. PC was from colorectal, gastric, ovarian, malignant mesothelioma, pseudomyxoma peritonei or other origins in 20, 26, 13, 8, 1 and 5 patients respectively. Forty-five (62%), 31 (42%), 8 (11%), 6 (8%), 1 (1%) patients underwent a second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth PIPAC respectively. At the time of the first PIPAC, the median PCI was 17 (1-39), 57 patients presented with symptomatic PC (pain: 33; ascites: 35; transit disorder like diarrhea and constipation: 11). PCI improved in 64.5% of patients, 63.5% of patients presented with complete disappearance of symptoms. Major complications occurred as the outcome of 16 PIPAC (9.7%) and 5 (6.8%) patients died within 30 days of the PIPAC procedure. Rate of mortality and major complications 40% and 62% respectively occurred in first 20 treated patients. For 64 (88%) patients, systemic chemotherapy was associated with PIPAC and could be administered after PIPAC with a median delay of 14 days (2-28).
Implementing a PIPAC program in association with systemic chemotherapy is feasible and is associated with a risk of postoperative morbidity, even in teams highly experienced in PC management and requires a learning curve in patient selection.

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