Trial Evaluating Feasibility and Quality of Life of Second Look Laparoscopy With Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC)

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Wake Forest University (WFU)

Status and phase

Phase 2


Ovarian Epithelial Cancer Stage III
Ovarian Epithelial Cancer Stage I
Stage II Fallopian Tube Cancer
Ovarian Epithelial Cancer Stage II
Peritoneal Carcinoma
Stage III Fallopian Tube Cancer
Stage I Fallopian Tube Cancer


Drug: HIPEC with Carboplatin
Other: FACT-O Quality of Life Questionnaire
Procedure: Second look laparoscopy reassessment surgery (SLLRS)

Study type


Funder types



P30CA012197 (U.S. NIH Grant/Contract)
WFBCCC 04619 (Other Identifier)

Details and patient eligibility


The purpose of this research study is to see if it is feasible to receive heated chemotherapy or heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) inserted directly into the abdomen at the time of a Second Look Reassessment Surgery and to monitor any effects good or bad that this has on participants' health.

Full description

Primary Objective: Determine the feasibility of second look laparoscopy and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy with carboplatin. Secondary Objective(s) To compare the quality if life in patients with ovarian cancer after undergoing second look laparoscopic reassessment surgery with hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy using carboplatin (CBDCA) versus quality of life in patients treated with cytoreduction surgery and systemic chemotherapy alone. To describe toxicities in patients with ovarian cancer treated with second look laparoscopy and simultaneous hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy. OUTLINE: Patients undergo second look laparoscopy. Patients with visible signs of cancer in abdomen also receive HIPEC with carboplatin via intraperitoneal injection (IP) over 90 minutes in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. After completion of study treatment, patients are followed for up to 6 months.


10 estimated patients




18+ years old


No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Patients must have histologically I-III epithelial carcinoma of the ovary, fallopian tube or peritoneum or Stage IVA disease in which is there complete resolution of disease (pleural effusion) with chemotherapy
  • Patients must have undergone cytoreductive surgery and 3-8 cycles of platinum-based systemic chemotherapy prior to the second look surgery. Systemic platinum based chemotherapy must be completed less than 18 weeks prior to second look surgery.
  • Cytoreductive surgery must result in an R-0, R-1 resection prior to systemic chemotherapy
  • The intraoperative peritoneal adhesion index should be < 10.
  • Patients must be without clinical evidence of disease including a negative exam, imaging (CT or PET/CT) and normal tumor markers (CA125) after completion of systemic chemotherapy.
  • Age ≥ 18 years.
  • ECOG performance status ≤ 2.
  • Patients must have adequate organ and marrow function as defined below (within 30 days of registration): absolute neutrophil count >1,500/mcL; platelets >100,000/mcL; total bilirubin ≤ 1.5 mg/dL; creatinine clearance ≥ 50 mg/dL; AST(SGOT)/ALT(SGPT) ≤ 3X; institutional upper limit of normal; alkaline phosphatase 3X institutional upper limit of normal
  • Adequate contraception and negative pregnancy test if pregnancy possible.
  • Ability to understand and the willingness to sign an IRB-approved informed consent document.

Exclusion criteria

  • Patients greater than 18 weeks from their last course of systemic platinum based chemotherapy
  • Patients who have received additional chemotherapy for the ovarian cancer after primary therapy as outlined above.
  • Patients may not have received prior abdominal or pelvic radiation.
  • Extensive intra-abdominal adhesive disease noted at the time of initial cytoreductive surgery with PAI of >10 as defined above
  • Intra-abdominal infection associated with initial cytoreductive surgery requiring extended hospitalization or related to systemic chemotherapy requiring hospitalization for therapy
  • History of allergic reactions attributed to compounds of similar chemical or biologic composition to carboplatin.
  • Uncontrolled intercurrent illness including, but not limited to ongoing or active infection, symptomatic congestive heart failure, unstable angina pectoris, cardiac arrhythmia, or psychiatric illness/social situations that would limit compliance with study requirements.
  • Pregnancy

Men are excluded from participation due to the site-specific nature of the disease being studied.

Trial design

Primary purpose




Interventional model

Single Group Assignment


None (Open label)

10 participants in 1 patient group

Second Look Laparoscopy and HIPEC with Carboplatin
Experimental group
Laparoscopic assessment of disease status of the peritoneal cavity with lysis of adhesions as necessary noting either no gross residual disease or minimal residual disease prior to or after resection. This is performed prior to establishment of a peritoneal perfusion circuit and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy.
Procedure: Second look laparoscopy reassessment surgery (SLLRS)
Other: FACT-O Quality of Life Questionnaire
Drug: HIPEC with Carboplatin

Trial contacts and locations



Central trial contact

Study Nurse

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