What are peritoneal metastases?

Peritoneal metastases (Carcinosis peritonei) are located in a thin layer of tissue that is covering the abdominal organs.
They occur when the cells are detaching from the primary tumor and grow into the surrounding tissue. Tumors that frequently lead to peritoneal metastases are:

  • Ovarian cancer
  • Gastric cancer
  • Colon cancer

Peritoneal metastases are frequently diagnosed by indirect signs in the CT-Scan (such as production of fluid). Diagnosis can be confirmed using laparoscopy (a minimal invasive surgical technique).

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Treatment of peritoneal metastases

An optimized multimodal approach is successful at least in a third of all patients to improve health, prolong lifetime or even complete remission. This approach is based on two main strategies: First a reduction and removal of tumor mass in the peritoneum and abdomen via cytoreductive surgery and second the intraoperative application of warm chemotherapy solution in the abdomen (HIPEC - Hyperthermic Intraperitoneale Chemotherapy). At the Charité Comprehensive Cancer Center we have leading specialists in this field closely collaborating with each other to offer patients the best possible treatment.
Click here to find the range of therapy options of the European Surgical Centre for Metastatic Disease.