Treatments for Peritoneal Cancer

Your Treatment Begins Here

Primary peritoneal cancer is rare (two per million people). It occurs almost exclusively in women. Peritoneal cancer is usually very difficult to diagnose, as there is no specific test for it.  It is usually identified by using a combination of the following:

  • Physical examination
  • Ultrasound
  • CT Scan
  • Pet-Scan
  • Biopsy
  • Laparoscopy
  • Pathology
  • Endoscopy
  • Tumor Marker Tests

Our comprehensive multispecialty team diagnoses and treats more upper GI cancer cases than any other hospital in the region. We perform approximately 50 major surgeries for peritoneal cancer each year, and with these high volumes have improved patient and disease outcomes.

Treatments We Provide


This well-known cancer treatment uses medicines taken intravenously or by mouth to kill cancer cells throughout the body. Chemotherapy may be given before surgery to shrink tumors, or after to fight cancer cells that have potentially spread.

Peritoneal Cancer Surgery - Cytoreduction with HIPEC

During surgery, all visible tumors are removed along with other affected tissue and organs when necessary. After all disease is identified and taken out, the abdomen is treated with heated chemotherapy that is circulated within the abdominal cavity for a total of 90 minutes.  Both the tumor removal (cytoreduction) and the HIPEC (abdominal chemotherapy) are performed in the operating room. The operation is usually complex and may take several hours to complete.