Medical Definition of Appendix cancer

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Reviewed on 12/11/2018

Appendix cancer: A malignancy of the appendix, accounting for about 1 in 200 of all gastrointestinal malignancies. Although unusual, cancer of the appendix can range in type. The most common type of appendiceal cancer is carcinoid tumor with adenocarcinoma next. Tumors of the appendix often present with a pattern of spread referred to as peritoneal seeding of the malignant cells. Advances in treatment have raised survival rates to about 80%.

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Reviewed on 12/11/2018