Primary peritoneal cancer (PPC) is a rare cancer that starts in the layer of tissue called the peritoneum. The peritoneum lines the inside of the abdomen.
This information is about primary peritoneal cancer (PPC) in women. It’s best to read it alongside our information about ovarian cancer. PPC and ovarian cancer are very similar and doctors treat them in the same way.
If you’re a man with PPC, please contact our cancer support specialists. They can provide you with more specific information.
Another rare cancer that can affect the peritoneum is peritoneal mesothelioma, which is linked with exposure to asbestos. We have more information about mesothelioma.
If you have any further questions, you can ask your doctor or nurse at the hospital where you are having your treatment.