Bringing awareness to cancers "Below the Belt"

Fairfax, Va. (WUSA9) -- Ovarian cancer is very deadly and usually diagnosed late. But a different way of inserting chemotherapy after surgery can help save lives.

It's called Intraperitoneal chemotherapy, or IP chemo. The treatment is placed into the abdominal cavity. This is for women whose cancer has spread to the inside of the abdomen.

Dr. George Maxwell, Chairman of OBGYN at Inova Fairfax Hospital says, "The chemotherapy goes inside the abdomen and then the patient will rotate to make sure that that chemotherapy bathes all the surfaces of the abdomen rather than just sitting in one spot and really just treating that one spot."

"Only about 40 percent of women will tolerate getting all 6 cycles of this kind of therapy, but still have a good survival advantage. But ultimately we gotta have therapy longitudinally and in the future that all women can sustain despite the toxicity," adds Dr. Maxwell.

February 4th is "World Cancer Day" and Regal Cinemas is hosting an exclusive screening of the award-winning documentary "No Evidence of Disease".

It's a movie about a rock n' roll band, made up of G-Y-N oncologists. Their goal is to bring awareness to cancers that strike women below-the-belt. The screenings will take place in 44 cities across the country. You can see the movies locally in the District, Bethesda, and Alexandria.


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