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Appendix Cancer Symptoms

Appendix cancer usually does not cause symptoms until it is in an advanced stage and has spread to other parts of the body. When symptoms are present, they vary from person to person and may include:

  • Acute appendicitis: Most cases of appendix cancer are discovered during surgery for appendicitis
  • Increase in abdomen size/girth, bloating
  • Vague abdominal discomfort in the lower right abdomen
  • Pelvic discomfort
  • New hernias
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Ovarian masses
  • Acute or chronic abdominal pain

If appendix cancer spreads to the liver, you may develop carcinoid syndrome. Symptoms include:

  • Flushing (redness or feeling of warmth in face and neck)
  • Shortness of breath or wheezing
  • Diarrhea
  • Heart valve disease on the right side
  • Pain or feeling for fullness in abdomen

These symptoms do not always mean you have appendix cancer. However, it is important to discuss any symptoms with your doctor, since they may signal other health problems.

If you have been diagnosed with appendix cancer, we’re here to help. Call 1-877-632-6789 to make an appointment or request an appointment online.

Why Choose MD Anderson?

  • Highly skilled surgeons perform the most-advanced procedures to treat appendix cancer
  • Specialized appendix cancer chemotherapy options, including hyperthermic intraperitoneal (HIPEC) chemotherapy
  • More experience with this complex cancer than most oncologists
  • Clinical trials of new therapies for appendix cancer

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