Since 2005, Nevada Surgery and Cancer Center leads the industry, specializing in robotic and advanced laparoscopic surgeries. Dr. Lynn Kowalski’s research and experience in hysterectomy surgery have lead to interests in the genetics of uterine cancer and a rare form of cancer called primary peritoneal cancer.
What is peritoneal cancer?
Peritoneal cancer develops in a thin layer of tissue that lines the abdomen. It acts and looks like ovarian cancer because the surface of the ovaries is made up of the same kind of cells. Therefore, both cancers cause similar symptoms and are treated by doctors in the same way. Unfortunately, peritoneal cancer can occur even if your ovaries have been removed, because peritoneal cancer can spread to anywhere in the abdominal space like the uterus, bladder and rectum.
It’s found to be more common in women than men, and women that are already at risk for ovarian cancer have a greatly increased risk for peritoneal cancer as well.
Peritoneal cancer can be difficult to detect early because similar to ovarian cancer, the symptoms are subtle and hard to notice. Symptoms include:
- abdominal discomfort, pressure, bloating or cramps.
- nausea or diarrhea
- increased and frequent urination
- loss of appetite
- abnormal vaginal bleeding
- rectal bleeding
- shortness of breath
The type of treatment necessary for peritoneal cancer depends on the stage and grade of cancer, the size and location and your age and overall health. Treatments include surgery and chemotherapy. If you or someone you know is seeking cancer treatment, the Nevada Surgery and Cancer Center offers skilled and professional care to treat you. Visit our website to schedule an appointment or call 702-739-6467 today.