How does appendix cancer affect the body?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Appendix cancer can affect people in different ways. Often the appendix is removed during other surgeries, and of 1 in 300 such cases a small and harmless carcinoid tumor is found. If the appendix tumor does grow, it typically causes appendicitis, a painful rupturing of the appendix. Appendicitis is medical emergency, but is treated successfully with surgery and antibiotics. If the appendix does not rupture, it may cause the production of hormones that lead to carcinoid syndrome -- symptoms of this include redness, diarrhea, bloating, breathing problems, and rapid heartbeat. Cancer cells may spread to other organs, including the liver, and into the lymph nodes.

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