Surgery is only suitable for a small number of people with peritoneal mesothelioma.

Surgery is only suitable for a small number of people with peritoneal mesothelioma. The mesothelioma needs to be at a very early stage and you need to be well enough to have the surgery.

The surgeon will remove most of your peritoneum (peritonectomy). They may also have to remove affected nearby organs. These may include the spleen, the gall bladder and sometimes part of the bowel. Women may also need to have the womb and the ovaries removed.

If you need part of the bowel removed, you may need to have a bag fitted on your tummy to collect your poo (stools). This is known as a stoma. The stoma may be temporary or permanent, depending on the situation.

When they have removed all or most of the tumours, they may put a heated chemotherapy drug into your tummy. This is called hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC).

The operation will be done by a specialist abdominal surgeon who is experienced in the treating peritoneal mesothelioma. You will need to travel to a specialist centre for this surgery.

If your specialist offers you surgery, they will give you more information about what to expect.

We have more information about treatment for mesothelioma.