What is it?

Appendix cancer, or appendiceal cancer, occurs when there is abnormal cell growth in the appendix cells in the colon. There are several types of appendix tumors. Carcinoid tumors grow slowly from neuroendocrine cells and release hormones. Mucinous cystadenomas are tumors that grow in the epithelial lining of the appendix and adenocarcinomas grow in the glandular tissue. It is more common in women and in people over the age of 50.

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Signs & symptoms

Symptoms may include inflammation of the appendix, bloating, abdominal pain, ascites, pelvic pain, changes in bowel function, nausea and vomiting.


Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination. Further evaluation may include imaging tests, laparoscopy, biopsy and blood tests.


Treatment includes surgical removal of the appendix. In some cases chemotherapy, HIPEC (hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy) and drug therapy.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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