Appendix cancer recurrence is a possibility after the completion of treatment followed by a period of remission (which means that no cancer is detected in the body and there are no symptoms). The cancer can come back in the same place (local recurrence), near the original site (regional recurrence) or somewhere else in the body (distant recurrence). However, the mere fact that this possibility exists is not necessarily a cause for alarm. In fact, many patients experience permanent remissions of appendiceal cancer.
To better cope with the prospect of appendix cancer recurrence, a patient is encouraged to regularly talk with a physician both during and after treatment and to closely follow a physician-recommended follow-up schedule to continually monitor the recovery process. A thorough understanding of the risk of recurrence and the treatment options available can help a patient feel better prepared for a potential recurrence by recognizing possible signs and knowing what to do if they occur.
In the event that an appendix cancer recurrence is detected:
- A physician will typically order a series of tests in order to learn as much as possible about the cancer.
- After thoroughly analyzing the test results, the physician will discuss treatment options, such as surgery and chemotherapy, with the patient. The recommended approach can vary based on a number of factors, including the location of the cancer, the cancer’s response to the initial treatment and the patient’s overall health condition. If chemotherapy was administered during the first round of treatment, it may include a new combination of drugs or be given at a different pace the second time around.
- The physician can identify appropriate clinical trials for the patient, if the patient is interested.
- The physician can recommend services that provide the patient with physical, mental and emotional support throughout treatment and beyond.
To complement our comprehensive range of treatment options for appendix cancer recurrence, the Gastrointestinal Oncology Program at Moffitt Cancer Center offers a robust portfolio of clinical trials through which our patients can be among the first to benefit from promising new treatments. We are dedicated to remaining firmly at the forefront of appendiceal cancer research, and our extensive efforts have led to groundbreaking discoveries in its prevention, diagnosis, treatment and support. Our work has received national attention, including a Comprehensive Cancer Center designation by the National Cancer Institute, and we continue to make progress every single day.
If you have questions about appendix cancer recurrence, the experts at Moffitt can provide individualized advice and preventive strategies to help reduce your risk, along with advanced diagnostic tests to help ensure early detection and prompt treatment. Call 1-888-663-3488 or complete a new patient registration form online. We see patients with and without referrals.