Appendix Cancer

Appendix Cancers are malignant tumors found in the tail of appendix. Gastrointestinal tumors are unusual tumors with malicious potential. Primary lymphoma can occur in the appendix. Breast cancer, colon cancer and tumors of the female reproductive system can be divided into the appendix.

Appendix Cancer

a. Treatment

       Small carcinoids (less than 2 cm) can be treated without malignant features with appendectomy if complete removal is possible. Other cancers and adenocarcinomas may require correct hemicolectomy. Note: The term “carcinoid” is obsolete: these tumors are more accurately called “neurodegenerative tumors”. For more information, see “Neurodegenerative tumors of excess”.

Treatment with Pseudomyxoma Peritonei involves cytoreductive surgery which involves removal of the visible tumor and affected primary organs in the abdomen and pelvis. The peritoneal cavity is implanted with a hot chemical called HEPIC in an effort to eliminate the remaining disease. Surgery may or may not be preceded or followed by intravenous chemotherapy or HIPEC.