Dr. Randall Zuckerman, peritoneal mesothelioma specialist

Randall Zuckerman

Surgical Oncologist

Dr. Randall Zuckerman is having success with the cytoreduction and heated intraperitoneal chemoperfusion combination in treating patients with peritoneal mesothelioma.

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    Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy

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    Peritoneal Mesothelioma

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Zuckerman joined the Kalispell Regional Healthcare team in 2015, attracting cancer patients from around the state of Montana who are benefiting now from the heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy procedure in which he specializes.

With his experience, Zuckerman has filled a much-needed role in raising the level of care for those with abdominal malignancies such as peritoneal mesothelioma.

He also uses heated chemotherapy with certain cases of appendix cancer, ovarian cancer, and gastric malignancies. It is the primary treatment now for pseudomyxoma peritonei.

Heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy is typically used with malignancies confined to the abdominal cavity and in combination with cytoreductive surgery.

The procedure involves opening the abdomen and meticulously removing all visible tumor cells. The abdominal cavity — and all the organs — are then bathed in a heated chemotherapy solution. Finally, the abdomen is closed.

The chemotherapy bath is designed to kill any microscopic tumor cells that evaded the surgeon during cytoreduction.

The procedure can be lengthy — lasting anywhere from eight to 12 hours — but it can significantly extend survival. Recent studies have shown more than a 50 percent increase in survival time for peritoneal mesothelioma patients undergoing this treatment.

Full-Spectrum Health Care in Montana

The Kalispell Medical Center is in northwest Montana. It is a regional referral center that offers a full spectrum of health care services, including a comprehensive cancer program that is certified by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

The Kalispell Healthcare System includes more than 400 physicians spread over numerous facilities. The medical center offers a level of care more associated with a large metropolitan area.

Zuckerman was added in 2015, filling a void in the hepatic and pancreatic disease center.

He was recruited from the St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he served as medical director of the Center for Liver and Pancreatic Disease.

Zuckerman also was an assistant professor of surgery and director of the surgical residency program at the Frank H. Netter School of Medicine in Connecticut.

A graduate of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in New Hampshire, Zuckerman trained at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, New York. He did a fellowship at the University of South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

Disclaimer: Dr. Randall Zuckerman has no professional affiliation with Asbestos.com.

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  1. Kalispell Regional Healthcare. (n.d.).Randall S. Zuckerman, MD. Retrieved from: https://www.krh.org/krhc/staff-directory/randall%20s.-zuckerman
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