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The abdominal cavity and organs are covered with a thin layer of cells called the peritoneum. When the peritoneum is invaded by cancer cells, the condition is commonly referred to as peritoneal cancer. Cancer may arise directly in the peritoneum itself, or it spread from a solid organ cancer. Rarely, cancers originate in the cells of the peritoneum instead of spreading there from another site.

Some peritoneal cancer is treated with hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC), but the vast majority of peritoneal cancer is treated with chemotherapy alone. The types of cancers that we treat with HIPEC include appendiceal cancer, colon cancer, and peritoneal malignant mesothelioma.