What are the treatment options for appendix cancer?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

The treatment plan for appendix cancer relies largely on the type of cancer and spread of the tumors. For small tumors, someone with appendix cancer will have their appendix and possibly the right part of their colon removed. If the tumors have spread into the abdominal cavity, they will receive chemotherapy to that region - a treatment called hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy. For this to work, a person must first undergo a treatment to remove the tumors in the abdomen through cytoreductive surgery. These treatments have not undergone clinical trials or much research due to the rare nature of appendix cancer. The survival rate of these treatments is correlated to the size of the tumor.

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