Surgery for 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 very fit. If surgery is suitable for you, your surgeon will remove your peritoneum (peritonectomy). When your surgeon has removed all or most of the tumour you may have a heated chemotherapy drug put into your tummy. This is called hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy.

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

If your doctors offer you surgery, they will give you more information about what to expect.

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Who might I meet?

A team of specialists will plan your surgery. This will include a surgeon who specialises in your type of cancer.