Peritoneal cancer is a rare cancer that develops in the tissue that lines the abdomen. The uterus, ovaries, bladder, and rectum also are made of peritoneal tissue. This membrane is called the peritoneum.
Peritoneal cancer can be mistaken for ovarian cancer. They cause similar symptoms, but you can still develop peritoneal cancer even if your ovaries have been removed.
There are usually no signs or symptoms in the early stages of peritoneal cancer. As it progresses, you may notice:
Your treatment will depend on the characteristics of the cancer, its stage, your general health, and your preferences.
Treatment options include:
At UT Southwestern, care does not stop with treatment of the malignancy. Our team is just as concerned about your nutrition, pain control, and psychological and social adjustments, as well as the impact of cancer on your family.
If you have questions, be sure to talk with your physician or another member of your clinical care team.