What Is Abdominal Cancer?

When abnormal cells grow uncontrollably anywhere between the groin and the chest, it’s diagnosed as abdominal, or stomach, cancer. The organs that cancer may affect include: intestines, liver, colon, gallbladder, stomach, pancreas, esophagus and many blood vessels. At Palo Verde Cancer Specialists, we have just that. Highly trained and skilled medical oncologists who are ready and waiting to evaluate your particular medical needs and develop the best plan of treatment for you.

Types of Abdominal Cancer

With a variety of advanced radiation treatment options, Palo Verde Cancer Specialists can treat all types of abdominal cancer from any of their six locations throughout Phoenix and Scottsdale. Some more common forms of stomach cancer include:

  • Liver cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Kidney cancer (renal cell cancer)
  • Stomach cancer (gastric cancer)

The Palo Verde Cancer Specialists can also treat rare forms of abdominal cancer including:

  • Adrenocortical cancer (cancer of the adrenal glands, a pair of organs that produce hormones)
  • Primary peritoneal cancer (cancer of the lining of the inside of the abdomen that covers many abdominal organs)
  • Peritoneal mesothelioma (cancer of the lining of the inside of the abdomen that is caused by exposure to asbestos)

Survival Rates for Abdominal Cancer

Although the survival rate for abdominal cancers has improved over the last 30 years, it can be fatal. As with any cancer, it is important to detect abdominal cancers early and begin treatment before the cancer has had the chance to spread to other organs and parts of the body. When it is not treated early, the abnormal cells can continue to multiply and travel through the blood to form malignant masses or tumors elsewhere. Abdominal cancer often spreads to the lymphatic system and lungs. When old or damaged cells in the abdomen divide and multiply uncontrollably, a malignant mass or tumor is formed inside an organ in the abdomen. If not treated, this cancer can interfere with vital process of these organs as well as spread to other parts of the body such as the lymphatic system and lungs.

The rates for surviving abdominal cancer depend on the type of cancer and how far it has progressed in stage. According to the American Cancer Society, the five-year relative survival rate can range from 71 percent, if discovered in Stage IA to four percent if discovered in Stage V. Survival rate can also depend on your age, medical history and other factors. It’s important to remember that no one can accurately predict what cancer will do to any one individual. What the cancer specialists at Palo Verde can do is make sure that you have the right combination of treatment strategies that will result in the best possible outcomes for your case.

Make Your Phoenix or Scottsdale Appointment Today!

You can trust the cancer experts at Palo Verde Cancer Specialists to deliver advanced radiation therapies in a comfortable and welcoming treatment facility. Contact us today at any of our Phoenix, Scottsdale or Glendale offices to answer any questions about the variety of radiation therapy technologies we have available and how they can work to treat your abdominal cancers, alone or in conjunction with other treatment methods. Or make an appointment online. We look forward to getting you started on your road to recovery!

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