Rare Tumours

A number of patients with 'rare abdominal tumours' are referred to The Colorectal and Peritoneal Oncology Centre at The Christie every year.

One such rare tumour is urachal cancer, which occurs in the urachus, a ligament between the bladder and bellybutton. example is peritoneal mesothelioma, which is a cancer of the lining of the abdomen. This tends to grow and cause symptoms due to pressure on abdominal organs. These types of tumours are assessed on a case by case basis by our team of experts. To avoid delay, patients with peritoneal mesothelioma should be referred to directly to the Basingstoke Peritoneal Malignancy Team, which is funded to perform this surgery.

Cancers of unknown origin

Patients are often referred to us with abdominal cancers that are thought to have spread from elsewhere, but the site of where they started is not known. Investigations that patients may have had include tumour market blood tests, scans (Ultrasound, CT, MRI, PET) and attempts to get a tissue sample. These types of tumours are assessed on a case by case basis by our team of experts.

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