Appendix cancer starts in the appendix, a small pouch-like organ located in the abdomen. The cancer develops when the cells in the appendix begin to divide uncontrollably, leading to the formation of tumors.
Appendix cancer can be categorized into different types based on the type of cells from which they originate. The common types include:
- Mucinous adenocarcinoma: Develop from mucin-producing epithelial cells.
- Neuroendocrine tumors: Form from cells that act as both nerve cells and hormone-producing cells.
The types of cells involved in appendix cancer include neuroendocrine cells, mucin-producing epithelial cells, glandular cells, and other specialized cell types within the appendix.
Initially, appendix cancer is confined to the appendix itself. The cells in the appendix divide uncontrollably, and if left untreated, it can cause the appendix to rupture. When this occurs, cancer cells and other materials can spread to other parts of the abdomen, potentially leading to metastasis (the spread of cancer to other areas of the body).
Appendix cancer can remain asymptomatic (showing no noticeable symptoms) initially because the tumors might be small and not cause any disruption in the early stages. Additionally, the symptoms of appendix cancer can be non-specific and easily mistaken for other conditions. As the cancer progresses and tumors grow larger, symptoms may eventually become noticeable. The appendix itself may not have a clear and vital role in the body, which could contribute to the lack of initial symptoms as well.
If you have any uncertainties or seek a better understanding of appendiceal cancer, we invite you to reach out to CION Cancer Clinics. Our team is here to assist you. Feel free to contact us at 1800 120 2676, or you can conveniently fill out the form through the provided link.
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