Peritoneal cancer is a disease that starts in the peritoneal cavity – is a disease that is often grouped with gynecologic cancers. These types of cancer are grouped together because they form in the same type of tissue and are often treated the same way.

The cancer specialists at Miami Cancer Institute work to combine medical expertise and compassionate care to create the best treatment option for you. Our oncologists have access to a range of cutting-edge technologies as well as weekly, multidisciplinary tumor boards where our gynecologic experts can collaborate on treatment plans. Ultimately, your care team aims to give personalized care that helps address your individual needs and effectively treats your cancer.

Your care team focuses on the whole patient; from diagnosis, to treatment, to post-cancer life. Each individualized cancer care plan includes innovative treatments and services, such as nutritional advice, physical rehabilitation and pain management services, to address your whole journey as a patient. Not only do we strive to find the treatment that is right for your cancer, we also want to develop the treatment that is right for you as a patient.

What is peritoneal cancer?

Peritoneal cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancerous) cells form in the tissue that lines the peritoneal cavity.

The peritoneal cavity is the space in the abdomen that contains the uterus, liver, stomach and intestines.

What are the risk factors for peritoneal cancer?

Peritoneal cancer may be caused by inherited gene mutations that are passed down from parents to children. If you have a family history of cancer, especially ovarian cancer, fallopian tube cancer, or peritoneal cancer, your doctor will work closely with our clinical genetics service to help identify whether you are at risk for developing cancer.

What can you do to prevent peritoneal cancer?

There is no guaranteed way to prevent cancer. However, there are ways you can lower your risk for disease.

Because a known risk factor for peritoneal cancer is inherited gene mutations, it is important to talk with your doctor about genetic testing if you have a family history of cancer. If our team of genetic specialists find that you have an inherited gene mutation, we can work together with you to develop a screening and prevention plan to help you lower your risk for disease.

Other ways to lower your risk for cancer include:

  • Not using tobacco. Speak with your doctor if you need help quitting.
  • Exercising regularly.
  • Eating a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat dairy. Talk with your doctor or a nutritionist about what you should include in a healthy diet.
  • Keeping a healthy weight. Ask your doctor what a healthy weight is for you.

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