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To compare the efficacy of 3 chemotherapeutic combinations for laparoscopic hyperthermic intraperitoneal perfusion chemotherapy (HIPPC) in the treatment of malignant ascites secondary to unresectable gastric cancer (GC).From January 2010 to December 2013, 38 GC patients were randomly divided into 3 groups and treated by laparoscopic HIPPC with 1 of the 3 following chemotherapy combinations: raltitrexed (Ra) with oxaliplatin (L-OHP), Ra with cisplatin (DDP), and Ra with mitomycin C (MMC). Perioperative complications, patients’ quality of life, and survival were recorded and compared among the 3 groups.The intraoperative course was successful in all patients, and no perioperative death or complication related to laparoscopic HIPPC was documented. The median follow-up period was 9 months and the median survival was 7.5 months for all patients. Patients in the Ra/L-OHP group had a median survival of 8.7 months, the Ra/DDP group had a median survival of 5.6 months, and the Ra/MMC group had a median survival of 7.5 months. Patients’ median survival in the Ra/L-OHP group and Ra/MMC group is significantly longer than Ra/DDP group (P<0.05). No significant difference was found in total remission rate of ascites, increase in the Karnofsky performance scale, and incidence rate of port-site metastases among the 3 groups.Laparoscopy-assisted HIPPC provide modest yet encouraging efficacy for malignant ascites secondary to disseminated GC. Our preliminary data indicate that the chemotherapeutical combination of Ra/L-OHP and Ra/MMC might be more beneficial compared with Ra/DDP in terms of patients’ survival.