Surgery for peritoneal mesothelioma
How it’s done
In this procedure, the surgeon removes the parts of the peritoneum where the mesothelioma is growing. The amount of surgery needed will vary from person to person. 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.
Peritonectomy surgery is long and complex, with recovery taking a long time. 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 to find a specialist
Only a small number of surgeons in Australia perform peritonectomy. You will usually need to get the medical opinion from one of these specialist surgeons if you are thinking about having a peritonectomy. To find their contact details, talk to your treatment team or contact a mesothelioma support organisation.
For more on this, see our general section on Surgery.
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