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How is surgery used to treat peritoneal cancer?

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Surgery not only helps diagnose peritoneal cancer, but it may also remove any tumors as well. To stage and treat this cancer, a surgeon removes all visible disease. The surgeon may also remove the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus as well. Depending upon what is found, the surgeon may also remove other tissue and organs. It is very important to have this surgery performed by a gynecologic oncologist, as they're familiar with gynecologic cancers and have greater success rates.

From: Peritoneal Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

UCSF Medical Center: "Peritoneal Cancer: Signs and Symptoms," "Peritoneal Cancer: Diagnosis," and "Peritoneal Cancer: Treatment."

Primary Peritoneal Cancer Foundation: "About Primary Peritoneal Cancer."

Gynecologic Cancer Foundation: "Understanding Primary Peritoneal Cancer: A Woman's Guide."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on March 13, 2019

SOURCES:

UCSF Medical Center: "Peritoneal Cancer: Signs and Symptoms," "Peritoneal Cancer: Diagnosis," and "Peritoneal Cancer: Treatment."

Primary Peritoneal Cancer Foundation: "About Primary Peritoneal Cancer."

Gynecologic Cancer Foundation: "Understanding Primary Peritoneal Cancer: A Woman's Guide."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on March 13, 2019

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