What is Appendix Cancer – Symptoms and Treatment
An appendix is a pouch-like structure attached to the large intestine. It is considered to have no functional value in human body. A cancer in the appendix is a rare ailment. 1 in 200 patients is diagnosed with this cancer every year. Only one percent of diseases related to abdomen are cancerous. There are three-four types of malignant tumors which can cause cancer in appendix. The average age of onset of this disease is 40 years.
Symptoms of Appendix Cancer:
- Asymptomatic or without any signs in the initial stages
- Swelling of the appendix
- Pain in side
- Pain in the abdomen
- Fluid in the abdomen
- Pain in the pelvic
- Altered bowel function
- Enlarged abdomen
- Protruding bellybutton
Treatment for Appendix Cancer:
Unfortunately, the cause of this cancer and its risk factors are not known yet. In most of the cases, the disease is diagnosed when the rogue cells spread the cancer to surrounding organs like abdomen and pelvis.
After the diagnosis, the immediate step is to remove the part of teh detected tumor through surgery at the earliest. The perioneal cavity is the space containing vital organs like intestines, the stomach, and the liver.
Post surgery, this cavity is filled with potent anti-cancer drugs which kill the residue rogue cells if any. However, this step is not a compulsion and it depends on the stage of the ailment whether surgery should be followed by chemotherapy or not.
Patients suffering from appendiceal cancer have created the PMP Pals’ Network. It provides opportunities for direct exchange of information, messages and resources in 45 countries and covering patients speaking 12 languages.