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

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Medical Disclaimer   
About Appendix Cancer
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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.....


Peritoneal Surface Malignancy

The peritoneum is a thin clear membrane (like Saran Wrap or plastic wrap) that consists of two layers.   The outer layer is attached to the inside of the abdominal wall, and the inner layer is wrapped around the organs inside of the abdomen.  The space between the two membranes is called the peritoneal (or abdominal) cavity.  Often appendix cancer spreads to these peritoneal surfaces or to organs in the abdomen before it is discovered.  A cancerous tumor on the surface of the peritoneum is referred to as a peritoneal surface malignancy

 If these tumors are not destroyed or removed, they will result in death, because as they grow they interfere with the functioning of internal organs.  Some other cancers that may metastasize to the peritoneal surfaces and cause peritoneal surface malignancies include ovarian cancer, colon cancer, stomach cancer and pancreatic cancer.  Peritoneal Carcinomatosis is a term that means very widespread metastasis of cancerous tumors into the abdomen.  This used to be considered a terminal condition with no available treatment options, but newer treatments of
Cytoreduction Surgery and Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal  Chemotherapy (HIPEC) are currently being used.  Some of the surgeons and facilities offering these treatments are listed here at Physicians and Facilities .

Related Links

Perioperative intraperitoneal chemotherapy for peritoneal surface malignancy

Prognostic indicators in peritoneal carcinomatosis from gastrointestinal cancer

Operability and early outcome in 100 consecutive laparotomies for peritoneal malignancy

Peritoneal Carcinomatosis: What Can We Do About It?

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.  

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Last Updated   02/09/2010 11:26:02 AM