Dr. Elinor Zhou is a gastroenterologist who provides care for general digestive disorders including colon
cancer screening and prevention, GERD, dyspepsia, altered bowel
habits and abdominal pain.
Mercy doctors offer a breakthrough treatment for hepatitis C that cures most patients and saves lives. Hepatitis C is an infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis C virus and can lead to permanent liver damage if untreated.
Mercy Medical Center is home to The Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease, offering dedicated specialists and advanced treatment options.
Mercy offers emergency care on the Downtown Baltimore campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (410-332-9477) with access to a trained emergency medicine team, diagnostic services and consultations with specialists.
In case of an Emergency, Dial 911 and follow the instructions of the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) team.
Mercy Medical Center's downtown campus includes our Main Hospital - The Mary Catherine Bunting Center, McAuley Plaza and The Weinberg Center.
General visiting hours at Mercy are 11:00 am to 8:30 pm. Hours vary by floor, please check with the nursing staff or call 410-332-9555.
The renowned surgical cancer doctors at Mercy in Baltimore are recognized as leaders in treating rare and aggressive tumors in the abdomen, including primary peritoneal cancer. Our experts perform cytoreductive surgery in conjunction with hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) treating patients who have this highly aggressive cancer.
Your abdomen is lined with a thin layer of tissue called the peritoneum. Primary peritoneal cancer is a cancer that starts in the peritoneum.
Peritoneal cancer is a rare cancer that shares similarities with ovarian cancer. Peritoneal cancer can occur anywhere within the abdomen and can also occur even when the ovaries have been removed.
Women have a higher chance of being diagnosed with primary peritoneal cancer than men. Women at risk for ovarian cancer are also at a higher risk for primary peritoneal cancer.
Symptoms of primary peritoneal cancer are similar to those of ovarian cancer and are hard to detect. Often when symptoms have clearly developed the cancer has progressed. Symptoms may include:
Peritoneal cancer is typically diagnosed through physical (pelvic) exam combined with ultrasounds and blood tests.
Cytoreductive surgery used in conjunction with hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) is the first treatment option for patients with peritoneal surface malignancies.
Due to the complexity of the combined therapy of cytoreductive surgery and HIPEC, only a handful of surgeons are appropriately trained and experienced to offer this treatment method. Our surgical oncology team performs this procedure on a regular basis and offers a high level of expertise along with a specialized clinical team to patients facing a diagnosis of peritoneal cancer.
A Mercy patient says she believes in miracles after being diagnosed with primary peritoneal cancer and given a second chance at life.
Surgical Oncology at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, treats a broad range of cancers and benign tumors including colon and rectal cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer, sarcoma and melanoma. Mercy's surgical oncologists utilize modern medical technologies such as laparoscopy, brachytherapy, hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) and microwave ablation to help eliminate tumors with minimal damage to healthy tissue.
Surgical Oncology is part of The Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy Medical Center.
Dr. Vadim Gushchin, Director of Mercy's prestigious HIPEC Program, is among the region’s leading surgical oncologists, offering long-time expertise in the treatment of complex cancers.
Hear the inspiring story of a man who survived colon cancer, liver cancer and a liver transplant - treated by a team doctors at Mercy.