Appendiceal Cancer Diagnosed and Treated by Leading Cancer Doctors in Baltimore

Surgical Oncology at Mercy - Baltimore

At Medical Oncology and Hematology at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, our Board Certified medical oncologists diagnose and treat cancer of the appendix as well as a wide range of other cancer conditions.

About the Condition

Appendiceal cancer, also known as appendix cancer, is considered a rare cancer. Appendix cancer is found in the gastrointestinal (GI) system or the digestive system. It is often discovered during a computerized tomography (CT) scan or during surgery for an unrelated condition. Appendix tumors can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous) and are classified by the types of cells in the tumor.

Appendiceal (Appendix) Cancer Types

There are several types of appendiceal  cancer. The most common types include:

  • Carcinoid tumors – small tumors that can be treated successfully and are found more often found in women around the age of 40
  • Non-carcinoid tumors – found inside the appendix and produces mucin, a “jelly” like substance, that tends to spread
  • Pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP) – tumor cells that create a mucinous substance and may spread over time to other organs within the abdominal cavity
  • Adenocarcinoid tumors – are similar to carcinoid tumors and are often found in patients that are over 50 years old
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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

Appendiceal cancer symptoms are not often noticed until the cancer has reached an advanced stage. Some of the symptoms may include:

  • Appendicitis
  • Loss of appetite
  • Bloating feeling, especially after eating
  • Complicated bowel movement
  • Pain in the abdomen, lower right side
  • Indigestion
  • Reflux
  • Vomiting

The diagnosis of appendiceal cancer typically occurs when treating a patient for another medical condition, often appendicitis. After your appendix cancer diagnosis, additional tests and exams take place to find out the size of the cancer. This is called staging.

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Treatment Options

Treatment options for cancer of the appendix (appendiceal cancer) vary depending on several factors. These factors include the type of cancer, health of the patient and staging. The treatment options for cancer of the appendix may include surgery and chemotherapy