The Finsilver family is dedicated to establishing a premier HIPEC Program at the Henry Ford Cancer Institute. This will transform the future of cancer care in our region. Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) is an innovative and lifesaving cancer treatment that is offered at only a few institutions across the nation currently.
The Finsilver family would like to thank those that have already contributed to making their dream of the Lindsey and Brett Finsilver HIPEC Program a reality.
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HIPEC Treatment is Viable Option for Abdominal Cancers
DETROIT – An innovative but aggressive procedure that combines surgery and the delivery of heated chemotherapy intraoperatively to treat rare or complex cancers and championed by a Bloomfield Hills woman, is now an option for patients at the Henry Ford Cancer Institute.
“Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy, HIPEC, is a treatment option for cancers that spread to the lining of the abdomen such as appendicle, colorectal, gastric and ovarian cancers,” says David Kwon, M.D., director of cancer surgery at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. “It is a great honor to make this treatment available, thanks to the generous vision and support of Lindsey and Brett Finsilver and dozens of family members and friends who made gifts to what we will name, The Lindsey and Brett Finsilver HIPEC Program. “
Lindsey Finsilver is credited with leading a campaign to raise $1.3 million for the creation of a comprehensive HIPEC program at Henry Ford. Sadly, the Bloomfield Hills’ wife and mother of two children died in December after a courageous battle against a rare form of appendix cancer.
“It was Lindsey’s sincerest wish to launch a HIPEC program at Henry Ford that would offer hope for others,” says her husband Brett Finsilver. “This is a legacy about who Lindsey was. She was beyond grateful for the family and friends who made this wish a reality and was overjoyed to achieve it during her time with us.”
“This procedure targets and destroys microscopic tumor cells that cannot be seen by the human eye,” Dr. Kwon says. “Destroying these cells prevents them from later growing into new cancer tumors. It has shown to be an especially effective, viable treatment option for properly selected patients.”
Dr. Adnan Munkarah, Chief Medical Officer for Henry Ford Hospital and Health Network says, “The Henry Ford Cancer Institute is deeply grateful to Lindsey Finsilver for championing the cause for a HIPEC program. Our program will give hope to patients diagnosed with one of a few abdominal cancers who will benefit from this specialized treatment. We are encouraged by the extended survival rate for patients who undergo HIPEC treatment and see tremendous value in adding this option to patients who have had to travel out of the state for this treatment in the past.”
HIPEC treatment involves a two-pronged approach: complex cytoreductive surgery to remove visible cancer cells in the abdominal area, followed by heated chemotherapy delivered in high doses.
The Lindsey and Brett Finsilver HIPEC Program makes available the equipment necessary to perform the treatment along with an integrated team of over 30 cancer care specialists, including specialty-trained surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, anesthesiologists, dedicated nurse navigators, and full supportive oncology team that all focus on the patient first.