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Appendiceal cancer (cancer of the appendix) may not be common but it can be very serious. The cancer surgeons of Surgical Oncology at Mercy in Baltimore are experts who can treat your cancer, even in its most advanced stage. Our surgeons work in collaboration with other cancer specialists at Mercy to create personalized treatment plans for each patient.
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.
There are several types of appendiceal cancer. The most common types include:
Appendiceal cancer symptoms are not often noticed until the cancer has reached an advanced stage. Some of the symptoms may include:
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.
Treatment options for appendiceal cancer depend on several factors. The type of cancer, overall health of the patient and stage of the cancer help determine the best possible treatment option. Common treatment options are chemotherapy and surgery. Radiation therapy is rarely used to treat appendix cancer.
If the cancer has spread beyond the appendix hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) may be administered after the tumors have been removed. Mercy’s surgical oncologists have been using HIPEC to treat patients whose cancer has spread to the peritoneal (abdominal) cavity.
Surgical Oncology at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, treats a broad range of cancers and benign tumors including colon and rectal cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer, sarcoma and melanoma. Mercy's surgical oncologists utilize modern medical technologies such as laparoscopy, brachytherapy, hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) and microwave ablation to help eliminate tumors with minimal damage to healthy tissue.
Surgical Oncology is part of The Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy Medical Center.
Dr. Vadim Gushchin, Director of Mercy's prestigious HIPEC Program, is among the region’s leading surgical oncologists, offering long-time expertise in the treatment of complex cancers.
Hear the inspiring story of a man who survived colon cancer, liver cancer and a liver transplant - treated by a team doctors at Mercy.