Surgery for peritoneal mesothelioma
It is possible for some people with peritoneal mesothelioma that has not spread to have an operation called a peritonectomy. Whether this surgery is an option for you will depend on several factors, including your overall health and fitness, and whether the small bowel is cancer-free.
How it’s done – The surgeon removes the parts of the peritoneum where the mesothelioma is growing. The amount of surgery needed will vary between people. Surgery is usually followed by chemotherapy.
Removing as much of the cancer as possible will help reduce symptoms such as abdominal pain and poor appetite. It will also improve quality of life and increase life expectancy.
Recovery – Peritonectomy surgery is complex and recovery can take a long time.
How to find a specialist – Only a small number of surgeons in Australia perform this surgery. It is recommended you seek an opinion from one of these surgeons if considering a peritonectomy. To find contact details, talk to your treatment team or contact a mesothelioma support organisation.
|Radiation therapy is rarely used for peritoneal mesothelioma as the doses required to the whole abdomen would cause too much damage to surrounding organs. However, it can be used for localised symptoms.|
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