About Heat It To Beat It

 l-r: Dr. Diaz-Montes, Dr. Gushchin, Dr, Campbell & Dr. Sardi  

Armando Sardi, M.D., Director of The Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy, and his colleagues, Dr. Vadim Gushchin, Dr. Teresa Diaz-Montes and Dr. Kurtis Campbell, are among a finite group of surgical oncologists in the United States considered experts in the treatment of peritoneal carcinomatosis using heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy, known as HIPEC.

For many patients, this surgery is the only chance of long-term survival; however, there is a lack of awareness about the disease and patients are often misdiagnosed and do not receive the most appropriate treatment.

Since its inception in 2009, Heat It To Beat It has raised nearly $2,500,000 to support research led by Dr. Sardi. Now in its 15th year, this patient-led event is focused on generating awareness for the life-saving HIPEC treatment.

When you support Heat It To Beat It you become part of the movement to advance research and awareness of the life-saving HIPEC treatment for peritoneal carcinomatosis.


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 Our Mission:

  • To provide exceptional clinical care for patients with advanced abdominal cancers through compassionate, individualized treatment from a multi-disciplinary team of specialized physicians and staff dedicated to improving patient quality of life and survival.

  • To increase awareness and the appropriate medical management of peritoneal surface malignancies through education and research.

  • To cultivate an atmosphere of hope and healing for patients and their families from diagnosis through survivorship.


To learn more about research trials supported by Heat It To Beat It at Mercy Medical Center, please click here.

Click here to watch "Bob: Overcoming Appendiceal Cancer." To watch more patient story videos, such as Brittney and Helen, please click here.

For more information on Heat It To Beat It, please email heatit@mdmercy.com.