Peritoneal Cancer Symptoms and Causes
The Gynecologic Oncology Program at the North Shore–LIJ Cancer Institute offers a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of peritoneal cancer. Our medical experts include specialists in a multitude of disciplines such as Gynecologic Oncology, Medical Oncology, Oncology Nursing, Radiation Medicine, Social Work and Genetic Counseling.
Our physicians are full members of Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG), a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-sponsored organization conducting and coordinating research in cancers of the female reproductive system. Patients will have the opportunity to participate in GOG clinical trials relevant to their particular condition. They are monitored by our research nurses and managers, in addition to their doctors, effectively adding an extra layer of support to the care we provide.
What Is Peritoneal Cancer?
Peritoneal cancer is a rare cancer that affects the peritoneum, or the lining of the abdominal cavity.
Peritoneal cancer often does not create distinct symptoms. When it does, those symptoms are very similar to ovarian cancer symptoms. It often is not detected until late in its development.
How Is Peritoneal Cancer Treated?
Treatment for peritoneal cancer is similar to that of ovarian cancer and can include surgery and chemotherapy. A “debulking” surgery involves the removal of all or nearly all visible tumor, often followed by chemotherapy. Our board-certified and fellowship-trained gynecologic oncologists offer a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to treatment of this cancer.
Treatment options for gynecologic cancers at North Shore-LIJ include the latest in chemotherapeutic and biologic therapies and access to up-to-date clinical trials and innovative treatments, including:
- Laparoscopic and robotically assisted cancer surgery
- Chemotherapy (intravenous and intraperitoneal)
- Hormone therapy
- Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), which allows for precise radiation doses to navigate to specific areas within the tumor through three-dimensional imaging
- Fertility-sparing surgical techniques
Peritoneal Cancer Clinical Trials
The North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute offers a full array of clinical trials. The result of this research not only impacts survival, but also enhances the quality of life. For more information about clinical trials for Peritoneal Cancer, visit Cancer Clinical Trials.
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