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Peritoneal Cancer

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Peritoneal cancer is a rare but serious type of abdominal cancer. Look to UC San Diego Health for expert care. Our surgical oncology team is internationally recognized for its expertise in treating this type of 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 Is Peritoneal Cancer?

Peritoneal surface malignancies are cancers that develop on the lining of the abdomen, called the peritoneum. They often develop when tumors spread from the appendix, rectum, colon, stomach, ovaries or other organs.

Comprehensive, Personalized Treatment for Peritoneal Cancer

The first-line treatment for peritoneal cancer is surgery to remove tumors followed by heated intraperitoneal chemoperfusion (HIPEC). Your UC San Diego Health team is one of the most experienced in the world at this procedure. 

If you are not a candidate for HIPEC, your doctor may recommend:

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. 

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 

At UC San Diego Health, we consider your physical, social, emotional and spiritual health throughout your cancer journey. Take advantage of our patient and family support services.