Appendiceal cancer is a relatively rare condition that causes rapidly dividing cells to form malignant tumors within the appendix, a pouch-like tube attached to the first section of the large intestine. While its specific function is unclear, the appendix is believed to have a role in the body’s immune system or endocrine system.
Because appendiceal cancer does not typically produce symptoms until it reaches an advanced stage, the condition often remains undiagnosed until it is unexpectedly detected in imaging scans or during abdominal surgery performed for an unrelated reason. By that point, tumor deposits and fluids have usually spread throughout the abdominal cavity, sometimes causing swelling or distension. Left untreated, cancerous tumors in the appendix can potentially grow and spread to other areas of the body.
Moffitt Cancer Center takes a multispecialty approach to the treatment of appendiceal cancer. Through our Gastrointestinal Oncology Program, our patients have convenient access to a comprehensive range of diagnostic, treatment and supportive care services performed by some of the nation’s top appendiceal cancer experts. To help ensure the best possible outcome and quality of life, each patient is evaluated, treated and monitored by a collaborative team of experienced professionals, including:
- Board-certified surgeons
- Medical oncologists
- Radiation oncologists
After creating an individualized appendiceal cancer treatment plan for a patient, this collaborative team continually monitors the patient’s progress and adjusts the plan as necessary. As a result, each patient benefits from multiple expert opinions at every step of his or her cancer journey. Additionally, our compassionate oncology nurses, dietitians and social workers are available to provide a full range of supportive care services designed specifically for patients who are being treated for appendiceal cancer.
As the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center based in Florida, Moffitt has also received widespread acclaim for its groundbreaking research. Through our robust clinical trials, we offer our patients opportunities to be among the first to benefit from promising new treatments for appendiceal cancer, such as novel chemotherapy drugs and drug combinations.
For these reasons and more, Moffitt is redefining the way appendiceal cancer is treated. To learn more about treatment options for appendix cancer, call 1-888-663-3488 or request an appointment by completing a new patient registration form online. You do not need a referral to meet with us.