Why choose us for peritoneal carcinomatosis care?
Peritoneal carcinomatosis is cancer that spreads to the tissues that make up the abdominal cavity lining. It can be challenging to treat. At Mays Cancer Center, home to UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center, you can access leading treatment options, close to home.
A team of highly trained cancer doctors with different areas of expertise collaborates to determine the most appropriate treatment for you.
Our experts deliver specialized treatment that combines surgery with chemotherapy. This procedure, called cytoreductive surgery with HIPEC (hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy), requires intensive training. We are one of the few centers in San Antonio to offer it.
What you need to know about peritoneal carcinomatosis
- Peritoneal carcinomatosis is also called peritoneal surface malignancy. It refers to any cancer that spreads to the abdominal cavity (the space between internal organs in the abdomen) after developing elsewhere in the body (like the colon).
- Peritoneal carcinomatosis is different from primary peritoneal cancer, which is cancer that originates in the peritoneal tissue. Doctors treat these two conditions in different ways.
- Peritoneal carcinomatosis requires input from multiple specialists. Our doctors offer personalized evaluation and advanced treatments for peritoneal carcinomatosis.
How to talk to your doctor about peritoneal carcinomatosis
A peritoneal carcinomatosis diagnosis may raise many questions. You’re in the right place. Our team is experienced in treating this complex condition.
Your doctor will explain all your treatment options, including how cancer or treatment could impact your life. We care about you and consider what matters to you when making treatment recommendations.
Many cancers can spread to the abdominal cavity, leading to peritoneal carcinomatosis. These include:
Primary peritoneal cancer refers to cancer cells that start in peritoneal tissues (cells that line the abdominal wall and organs), such as mesothelioma.
You might want to ask your doctor about:
- Additional testing you might need and how tests help guide your treatment plan
- Cancer stage, including any other areas the cancer affects and what that means for your health
- Treatment options, including whether you’re a candidate for cytoreductive surgery (surgery to remove cancer cells) with or without HIPEC
- Clinical trials for which you may be eligible, at any phase of your care
- Support services to help you heal after surgery or manage treatment side effects
We encourage you to include a supportive family member or friend in your care, should that be a comfort to you. We welcome your support person at your appointments.