Peritoneal Surface Malignancy
The peritoneum lines your abdominal cavity and organs inside your abdomen. Primary peritoneal malignancies are rare like peritoneal mesothelioma and primary peritoneal carcinoma. Most commonly the peritoneum is the site of tumor spread from other organs in the peritoneal cavity, which is medically defined as peritoneal carcinomatosis. Cancers of the appendix, colon, rectum, stomach, and ovary could spread to the peritoneum. Cytoreductive surgery (CRS) and heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) is an aggressive and effective approach for the treatment of peritoneal carcinomatosis and primary peritoneal tumors. CRS/HIPEC has been shown to prolong survival and possible cure, for patients with tumors that have spread in the peritoneal cavity.
At Virginia Hospital Center Physician Group – Surgical Specialists, we adopt an aggressive approach for the treatment of peritoneal carcinomatosis with CRS/HIPEC and we have extensive research and clinical experience in the treatment of such complex disease.