Peritoneal Surface Malignancy
The peritoneum is a thin clear membrane (like Saran Wrap or plastic wrap) that consists of two layers. The outer layer is attached to the inside of the abdominal wall, and the inner layer is wrapped around the organs inside of the abdomen. The space between the two membranes is called the peritoneal (or abdominal) cavity. Often appendix cancer spreads to these peritoneal surfaces or to organs in the abdomen before it is discovered. A cancerous tumor on the surface of the peritoneum is referred to as a peritoneal surface malignancy.
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