The Appendix Cancer Connection
a 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation devoted to
providing education, support and hope to those diagnosed with Appendix Cancer
and Peritoneal Surface Malignancies

INFORMATION

Main Page/Survivor Story
Medical Disclaimer   
About Appendix Cancer
FAQs
Blog

TYPES OF APPENDIX CANCER

Malignant Carcinoid
Mucinous Adenocarcinoma and Pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP)
Adenocarcinoma
Adenocarcinoid (Goblet Cell Carcinoid)
Signet Ring Cell Carcinoma (Signet Ring Adenocarcinoma)

TREATMENT

Physicians and Facilities Treating Appendix Cancer
Cytoreduction Surgery
Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal  Chemotherapy (HIPEC)
Complications of Cytoreduction Surgery and HIPEC
Systemic (IV) Chemotherapy for Appendiceal Cancer
After Treatment Follow-Up

MORE INFORMATION

Hair Loss and Chemotherapy
Colostomy Information
Herbal and Complimentary Care
Hospice Care

PERITONEAL (ABDOMINAL) CANCER

Peritoneal Surface Malignancy
Peritoneal Carcinomatosis
Staging of Peritoneal Cancer

ASSISTANCE

Clinical Trials
General Practical Assistance (Travel, Insurance, Medical Bills) 

THE EMOTIONAL BATTLE

Right foot, Left Foot, Breathe.....

                          Appendix Cancer
                  (Appendiceal Carcinoma)


The appendix is a small hollow tube attached to the large colon (the large colon is also called large bowel or large intestine).  The appendix is approximately 4 inches long and shaped like a worm.  The appendix serves no known purpose, although it is thought to possibly play a role in the immune system.  Very rarely, the appendix may become cancerous.  Since the appendix is  attached to the colon, appendix cancer is considered a type of colorectal cancer.  Colorectal cancers are also part of a larger group of cancers of gastrointestinal tract, or GI cancers. 
  
Cancer of the appendix may cause appendicitis or cause the appendix to rupture.  Sometimes this is the first symptom of appendix cancer.  A ruptured appendix  may cause a very serious condition called peritonitis, which is an infection of the lining of the abdomen and pelvis.   A cancerous tumor of the appendix may also "seed" the abdomen with cancer cells.  This may cause more cancerous tumors to develop in the abdomen before it is discovered.  See
Peritoneal Surface Malignancies and Peritoneal Carcinomatosis Many times there are no symptoms of appendix cancer until it has progressed and is advanced.   Abdominal discomfort and bloating of the abdomen can be signs of advanced appendiceal cancer

There are five most common (though still VERY rare) varieties of appendix cancer: Malignant Carcinoid, Mucinous Adenocarcinoma, Adenocarcinoma, Adenocarcinoid, and Signet Ring Adenocarcinoma.  To learn more about these varieties of appendix cancer, treatment and prognosis, click the links here or on the left side of this screen.

Diagram of the stomach, colon and rectum from public domain source at http://www.cancer.gov/cancerinfo/wyntk/colon-and-rectum

 

Related Links
Appendicitis

About Appendix Cancer

Atlas of Appendix Cancer

Tumors of the Appendix

This website is for informational and educational purposes only. Readers are encouraged to confirm the information contained herein with other sources. The information on this website is not complete and not intended to replace medical advice offered by physicians or health care providers.  Patients and consumers should review the information carefully with their professional health care provider.  

Copyright 2005- 2010 C. Langlie-Lesnik  RN BSN  All rights Reserved

Last Updated   02/12/2010