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When Martin Murphy started feeling ill in March 2014, he found himself at UW Health West Towne Urgent Care with an appendicitis diagnosis. After more tests and an emergency appendectomy, doctors discovered Murphy had a rare cancer of the appendix that creates jelly-like growths throughout the abdomen. His treatment team, which included surgical oncologist Sharon Weber, MD, determined Murphy would undergo surgery to remove the growths and HIPEC (hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy) to kill any remaining cancer cells. Unlike intravenous chemotherapy treatment, HIPEC is a heated solution that is pumped into a patient’s abdominal cavity, massaged around for 90 minutes, then extracted. The 107-degree temperature makes the solution more effective in killing remaining cancer cells. The treatment plan was a success and Murphy experienced a quick recovery. Read more about Martin Murphy’s cancer treatment and HIPEC in “Martin Murphy and his ‘Shake and Bake’ Treatment” on the UW Health website.

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