Surgical responsibilities in the management of peritoneal carcinomatosis

J Surg Oncol. 2010 Jun 15;101(8):713-24. doi: 10.1002/jso.21484.


In the past, cancer surgery for gastrointestinal malignancy focused on clearance (an R-0 resection) and containment (no surgically induced spillage of cancer cells). A new responsibility that cancer surgeons must accept is the knowledgeable prevention or treatment of cancer that disseminates to peritoneal surfaces. Carcinomatosis can be prevented and can be successfully treated using cytoreductive surgery and perioperative chemotherapy.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Appendiceal Neoplasms / surgery
  • Carcinoma / mortality
  • Carcinoma / pathology
  • Carcinoma / surgery*
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Humans
  • Peritoneal Neoplasms / mortality
  • Peritoneal Neoplasms / pathology
  • Peritoneal Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Peritoneum / surgery
  • Splenectomy