Appendix Cancer

Trust UC San Diego Health for excellent appendix cancer care. 

You’ll have access to advanced treatments from experts who focus on your unique tumor type. We’re among just a few centers nationwide with expertise in treating this rare cancer.

Nationally Ranked Cancer Care

UC San Diego Health is ranked among the nation's best in both cancer and gastrointestinal care by U.S. News & World Report. We are also the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in San Diego County. This is the highest possible rating for a U.S. cancer center, and it means you’ll receive the best possible care and support. Studies show patient outcomes are better at NCI-designated cancer centers.

What’s Appendiceal Cancer?

Appendiceal cancer is a rare cancer. It occurs when cells in the appendix grow unusual tissue known as a tumor. A tumor can spread to other body parts and be cancerous or noncancerous (benign).

Symptoms of Appendix Cancer

Not everyone with appendix cancer experiences symptoms. Talk to your doctor if you experience:

  • Bloating
  • Discomfort or pain in your stomach area or the right side of the pelvis
  • Increase in the size of your waist

Types of Appendix Cancers We Treat

We treat all types of tumors in the appendix, including:

  • Adenocarcinoids: An aggressive combination of adenocarcinomas and carcinomas
  • Adenocarcinomas: A rare, aggressive kind of appendix tumor
  • Carcinoid tumors, also known as neuroendocrine tumors: The most common type of appendix tumor which grows slowly and often goes undetected for many years

Comprehensive, Personalized Treatments for Appendix Cancer

We offer the full spectrum of cancer treatment options to truly personalize your care. Depending on the type and stage of your cancer, your doctor may recommend chemotherapy. or hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC)

Surgery may also be part of your recommended care plan and could include one of the following:

  • Appendectomy – Removes infected appendix
  • Cytoreductive – Reduces the number of cancer cells by removing tumors
  • Hemicolectomy – Removes part of your colon
  • Peritonectomy – Removes cancerous tumors from the lining of the abdominal cavity

Gastrointestinal Cancer Care Team

At UC San Diego Health, your cancer care is led by a multidisciplinary team of doctors who specialize in your type of cancer. Highly specialized multidisciplinary care is a hallmark of top-tier academic medical centers such as UC San Diego Health. For patients like you, it means you receive the highest level of care. Find a gastrointestinal cancer specialist.

Second Opinion Services

When you have a diagnosis as serious as cancer, you deserve a second opinion on your treatment options.

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Clinical Trials

Advancing Cancer Care and Prevention

UC San Diego Health physicians are actively researching ways to improve cancer care. By joining a clinical trial, you may receive a new cancer treatment before it is available to the public. If your cancer has not responded to standard therapies, talk to your doctor about whether a clinical trial could be right for you.

Patient & Family Support Services

At UC San Diego Health, your care goes beyond treating disease. It also includes supporting you and your loved ones emotionally throughout your cancer journey. Most of our support services are free.

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