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What are the different types of appendix cancer?

Carcinoid tumors of the appendix are easily treated if they stay locally on the appendix. Adenocarcinoid tumors are slightly more serious, with the most typical side effect of abdominal pain. Mucinous cystadenocarcinoma tumors are usually present in Pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP) appendix cancer, where the tumor produces mucous and presents itself as a large tumor -- up to 20 or 30 pounds-of a jelly-like substance. Paraganglioma tumors are rare and result in the head and neck region from cells deposited in glands during fetal development. These tumors are easily treated and rarely spread.

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