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UT Southwestern Medical Center offers rare expertise in peritoneal cancer. We have the most advanced treatments, such as cytoreductive surgery and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC), which are offered only at top cancer centers. 

As the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in North Texas, we deliver the best cancer care available today and push to discover new treatments. NCI designation means we offer patients the ability to participate in the broadest possible range of clinical trials, with access to potential therapies not available at other facilities.

Experts Providing Unique Treatment for Peritoneal Cancer

Peritoneal cancer is a rare cancer that develops in the peritoneum – a thin layer of cells that lines the inside wall of the abdomen and covers the uterus, bladder, stomach, intestines, and rectum. 

If the cancer starts in the peritoneum, which is rarer still, it’s called primary epithelial peritoneal cancer. Another type of primary peritoneal cancer is peritoneal malignant mesothelioma.

It’s more common for cancer cells to begin somewhere else in the body and spread to the peritoneum. This type is known as secondary peritoneal cancer, which is the spread to the peritoneum of cancers originating elsewhere in the abdominal space, such as in the appendix, colon, stomach, and other gastrointestinal organs.  

Whether peritoneal cancer starts in the peritoneum or spreads from somewhere else, it is considered advanced (stage IV) once it’s in the peritoneum and might be referred to as peritoneal carcinomatosis. 

Our multidisciplinary Peritoneal Malignancies and HIPEC Program provides the most advanced treatments, such as cytoreductive surgery to remove tumors in the abdomen combined with hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC). HIPEC is offered for patients with primary (epithelial and mesothelioma) and secondary peritoneal cancer from gastrointestinal tumors. This complex and highly specialized treatment is offered only at top cancer centers.

How We Can Help

At UT Southwestern, patients with peritoneal cancer receive:

  • Treatment plans tailored to each individual, including access to treatment not offered at other medical centers
  • Support services, such as cancer nutrition and rehabilitation, to help improve quality of life
  • Genetic counseling, because some primary peritoneal cancers are caused by inherited gene mutations 

Clinical Trials

Depending on the cause and extent of the cancer, some patients might be eligible to participate in clinical trials of new treatments for the disease. Treatments used today for peritoneal cancer, such as the complex technique of cytoreductive surgery and HIPEC, are the result of past clinical trials. 

UT Southwestern Medical Center offers hundreds of clinical trials for many different types of cancer at different stages. When patients take part in a clinical trial, they add to the knowledge about cancer and help improve cancer care. 

Talk to our doctors for more information about clinical trials. 

Find a Clinical Trial

We have a wide range of clinical trials open to patients with all stages of cancer. Search for opportunities to participate in a cancer study.


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