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What is peritoneal cancer?

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This rare cancer develops in a thin layer of tissue that lines your abdomen. It also covers the uterus, bladder, and rectum. Made of epithelial cells, this structure is called the peritoneum. It produces a fluid that helps organs move smoothly inside the abdomen.

Peritoneal cancer isn't the same as intestinal cancer, stomach cancer, or cancers that spread (metastasize) to the peritoneum. It starts in your peritoneum. That's why you may hear your doctor call it primary peritoneal cancer.

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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