Multimodality treatment of ovarian cancer with cytoreductive surgery and HIPEC (program ID: 639296)

Hospital Lindberg Winterthur

location_on Winterthur, Switzerland
8.9/10 from 25 Votes
Specialized hospital
Daniel Benz

Head Physician
Dr. med.

Daniel Benz

Specialized in: gynecology

Department of Gynecology

Program includes:

  • Initial presentation in the clinic
  • clinical history taking
  • review of medical records
  • physical examination
  • laboratory tests:
    • complete blood count
    • general urine analysis
    • biochemical analysis of blood
    • TSH-basal, fT3, fT4
    • tumor markers 
    • inflammation indicators (CRP, ESR)
    • indicators of blood coagulation
  • abdominal ultrasound scan
  • CT scan/MRI or PET-CT of abdomen
  • preoperative care
  • cytoreductive surgery to remove visible tumors
    inside the abdomen and HIPEC
  • histological and immunohistochemical
    examination of removed tissues
  • symptomatic treatment
  • cost of essential medicines
  • nursing services
  • stay in the hospital with a full board
  • accommodation in a 2-bedroom ward
  • elaboration of further recommendations

How program is carried out

During the first visit, the physician will conduct a clinical examination and go through the results of the available diagnostic tests. After that, you will undergo the necessary additional examination, such as the assessment of liver and kidney function, ultrasound scan and tomography of the abdominal organs. Based on the results of the examination, the physician will choose the surgical technique and the type of anesthesia. After that, preparation according to the preoperative standard will start.

Cytoreductive surgery begins with general anesthesia. The intervention is performed as open surgery, i.e. through the incision in the anterior abdominal wall, so that the surgeon can carefully examine the peritoneum and the surface of the abdominal organs. The surgeon removes affected by the malignant process ovaries, areas of the peritoneum and metastases in other internal organs. This stage of the operation can take several hours, since the overall effectiveness of the treatment depends on the completeness of the malignant tissues removal.

At the next stage of the operation, the surgeon inserts several catheters into the abdominal cavity. Through the catheters, a heated solution of a chemotherapy drug is pumped inside. The special system maintains the required temperature (42-43 degrees Celsius), pressure and circulation rate of the medicinal solution. The solution mechanically flushes out blood clots and remnants of malignant tissues, and a heated chemotherapy drug destroys micrometastases in internal organs and lymph nodes (micrometastases can’t be detected by the naked eye).

After 1-1.5 hours, the chemotherapy drug is removed from the abdominal cavity and the abdominal cavity is washed with saline. After that, the surgeon removes the catheters and sutures the incision of the anterior abdominal wall.

After the completion of the operation, you will be transferred to the ward of the intensive care unit, under the round-the-clock supervision of doctors and nurses. In 1-3 days after the operation, your drains will be removed and you will be transferred to a regular ward for further recovery. The whole treatment takes 10-12 days on average.

Finally, the attending physician will evaluate the results of control examinations, schedule the date of discharge from the hospital and give you detailed recommendations for further follow-up and treatment.

Required documents

  • Medical records
  • MRI/CT scan (not older than 3 months)
  • Biopsy results (if available)
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About the department

The Department of Gynecology at the Multispecialty Hospital Lindberg headed by Dr. med. Daniel Benz offers treatment and diagnosis of women's health issues with a special attention to modern, comprehensive treatment concepts, preservation of the reproductive function and esthetic/reconstructive aspects. The most frequent treated diseases in the Department are breast cancer, cervical cancer and ovarian cancer. Another focus is on functional disorders in the conception cycle.

Focuses of the Department of Gynecology at the Multispecialty Hospital Lindberg:

  • Preventive examinations
  • Infertility treatment
  • General gynecology
  • Gynecological oncology
  • Urogynecology
  • Senology

Curriculum vitae


  • Seit 1995 : Praxis für Gynäkologie und Geburtshilfe, Winterthur
  • 1991 - 1994: Oberarzt Frauenklinik, St. Gallen (Prof. Lorenz)
  • 1991: Gyncologic Oncology Mt. Sinai Hospital Detroit und Barnes Hospital, St. Louis (USA)
  • 1989 - 1991: Frauenklinik St. Gallen (Prof. Haller)
  • 1988: Gynäkologie und Geburtshilfe, Kreisspital Wetzikon (Dr. Gysel)
  • 1986 - 1987: Chirurgie, Kantonsspital Baden (Dr. Graber)
  • 1984 - 1985: Anästhesiologie, Universitätsspital Zürich (Prof. Hossli)


  • 2009: Schwerpunkt Operative Gynäkologie und Geburtshilfe
  • 2002: FA Praxislabor (KHM)
  • 1998: FA Schwangerschaftsultraschall (SGUM)
  • 1992: Facharzttitel Gynäkologie und Geburtshilfe
  • 1985: Dissertation: Eine vergleichende Studie über die Affinität verschiedener Steroide zu den Oestrogenrezeptoren im Myometrium und Myom des menschlichen Uterus.
  • 1976 - 1983: Studium Humanmedizin, Universität Zürich


  • Verbindung der Schweizer Ärztinnen und Ärzte, FMH
  • Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Gynäkologie und Geburtshilfe, SGGG
  • Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Urogynäkologie und Beckenbodenpathologie, AUG
  • Zürcher Ärztegesellschaft, AGZ
  • Vereinigung Zürcher Frauenärzte

Photo of the doctor: (c) Privatklinik Lindberg

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