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Appendix Cancer

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Trust UC San Diego Health for excellent appendix cancer care.  We’re among just a few centers nationwide with expertise in treating all types of this condition. You’ll have access to advanced treatments from experts who focus on your unique tumor type.

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

Personalized Appendix Cancer Treatment

We offer the full spectrum of cancer treatment options to truly personalize your care. Depending on the type and stage of your cancer, your treatment may include:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC)
  • Surgery, including:
    • 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 

Clinical Trials 

In addition to standard approaches, you may qualify for a clinical trial, which can give you early access to the most promising new therapies and advanced technologies. UC San Diego Health is a national leader in developing clinical trials. Participating in a clinical trial can expand your treatment options and give you access to the latest cancer therapies.

Get a Second Opinion

Turn to UC San Diego Health for second opinion services for peace of mind and a complete evaluation of your health. A second opinion can be worthwhile at any point in your cancer journey since it can provide other information and reveal more treatment possibilities.

Patient and Family Support

Take advantage of our patient and family support services for physical, social, emotional, and spiritual health throughout your cancer journey.

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