Appendix Cancer

When you come to Winship Cancer Institute for appendix cancer treatment, you have a multidisciplinary team of experts dedicated to your well-being. To request an appointment, call (404) 778-0032.

As a patient with appendix cancer, your best long-term outcome will be achieved with a comprehensive, coordinated approach that incorporates all available therapies.

Your Winship care team draws on Emory’s vast resources in surgical oncology, radiation therapy and medical oncology, to provide the newest, most effective practices and treatments. Our multidisciplinary care teams include oncology surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, pharmacists and advanced practice nurses with expertise in appendiceal cancer.

As specialists, our teams develop groundbreaking surgeries and treatments that produce better outcomes and are adopted by other leading cancer centers.

The benefits of our multidisciplinary and highly experienced teams include:

  • Access to doctors and surgeons who rank among the top experts in the world.
  • Weekly review of patient cases by the full team of experts.
  • Coordinated scheduling for appointments among various specialties.
  • Access to a nurse navigator to assist you throughout the treatment process.
  • Access to support groups and education classes for you and your caregivers.
  • Availability of new treatment options within our clinical trials program.

Request an Appointment

If you have been diagnosed with appendiceal cancer, we are ready to help you. Call us at (404) 778-0032 to make an appointment. Winship experts are available for a second opinion.

We understand that this is a very stressful time. We welcome your questions and requests for help. Learn what to expect on your first visit.

Early stage appendix cancer does not have any symptoms and the disease is often found during abdominal surgery for another condition. A biopsy is done to confirm the diagnosis.

A blood and urine test and imaging tests may be performed to determine if the disease has spread.

For reliable, in-depth information about cancer symptoms, staging and diagnosis, visit CancerQuest, an educational and outreach program at Emory University. 

Your individualized treatment plan will take into account the stage of your disease, your overall health, the side effects of the treatment, and relieving symptoms.

Your care team will discuss treatment options with you and it is important to take time and consider all possible choices. It is also important to know that your chances for having the best possible outcome are highest in the hands of a medical team that is experienced in treating appendix cancer.

For carcinoid tumors:

Surgery is the main treatment method for appendix cancer. An operation may be done to remove the appendix, right colon and surrounding lymph nodes. Chemotherapy may be used in combination with surgery to maximize the treatment.

For non-carcinoid tumors:

In these types of tumors, the cancer has spread or metastasized within the abdomen. Several different methods may be used during treatment.

Cytoreductive surgery: the tumor is surgically removed along with parts of the intestine, gallbladder, lining of the abdomen and for women, the ovaries and uterus are also removed.

Heated intraperitoneal chemoperfusion or HIPEC may be used to treat advanced cancers involving the lining of the abdominal cavity such as appendiceal cancer. HIPEC is a chemotherapy procedure designed to kill any remaining cancer cells once all visible signs of the disease are removed surgically. The HIPEC procedure follows surgical removal of the tumor and is used in the treatment of pseudomyxoma peritoneal, a condition caused by mucinous adenocarcinoma, or cancerous cells that produce abundant mucin.

Winship surgical oncologist Charles Staley, MD describes the HIPEC procedure.

For adenocarcinoid tumors:

Treatment may include surgery to remove the right part of the colon, cytoreductive surgery with HIPEC, and chemotherapy before surgery.

Winship’s most promising research in treating appendix cancer is in personalized medicine and targeted therapies. In personalized medicine, researchers identify unique characteristics of tumors that make them vulnerable to known drugs so therapy can be tailored to an individual’s cancer. In targeted therapies, investigators look for new drugs that more selectively target cancer cells with fewer side effects.

Supportive Oncology Care

In addition to delivering the highest quality medical care, we recognize the importance of the psychological and emotional aspects of living with a cancer diagnosis and of dealing with treatment. Our supportive oncology team addresses these issues in a timely manner with additional support from counselors, nurse navigators, dietitians and social service professionals.

Consider talking with your doctor about participating in a clinical trial at Winship. Through these trials, you may have access to treatments that are not widely available.

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Mehmet Akce MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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Mehmet Akce MD

Mehmet Akce MD

Rebecca Arnold LCSW, OSW-C

  • Social Worker
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                                 Rebecca Arnold LCSW, OSW-C
Rebecca Arnold LCSW, OSW-C

Rebecca Arnold LCSW, OSW-C

Wendy Baer MD

  • Psychiatric Oncologist
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                                 Wendy Baer MD
Wendy Baer MD

Wendy Baer MD

Whitney Bond RD, LD

  • Nutrition Advisor
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Whitney Bond RD, LD

Whitney Bond RD, LD

  • Ms. Bond offers personalized nutrition advice to optimize health throughout the stages of cancer, from diagnosis to survivorship.
  • Registered Dietitian, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Russell Brown LCSW

  • Social Worker
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Russell Brown LCSW

Russell Brown LCSW

  • Mr. Brown works with gastrointestinal, genitourinary, breast cancer, brain cancer, gynecological, aerodigestive, and sarcoma patients at Emory University Hospital Midtown.
  • Social Worker, Medical Oncology, Emory University Hospital Midtown
  • (404) 686-5191

Valerie Buckley MS, CSO, RD, LD

  • Nutrition Advisor
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                                 Valerie Buckley MS, CSO, RD, LD
Valerie Buckley MS, CSO, RD, LD

Valerie Buckley MS, CSO, RD, LD

  • A Registered Dietitian, Ms. Buckley provides cancer patients who are undergoing treatment at Winship Cancer Institute with personalized nutrition advice.
  • Clinical Dietitian, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-0296

Kimberly A. Curseen MD

  • Supportive Oncologist
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                                 Kimberly A. Curseen MD
Kimberly A. Curseen MD

Kimberly A. Curseen MD

  • Board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care, Dr. Curseen is the primary provider for the Supportive Oncology Clinic at Winship.
  • Director of Supportive and Palliative Care Outpatient Services , Emory Healthcare
  • (404) 778-6448

Sunil W. Dutta MD

  • Radiation Oncologist
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Sunil W. Dutta MD

Sunil W. Dutta MD

Frank Eady LMSW

  • Social Worker
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Frank Eady LMSW

Frank Eady LMSW

  • Mr. Eady assists genitourinary, gastrointestinal and surgical oncology patients treated at Winship.
  • Social Worker, GI/GU Cancer and Surgical Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-5976

Bassel El-Rayes MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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Bassel El-Rayes MD

Bassel El-Rayes MD

  • Dr. El-Rayes is the chief clinical research scientist responsible for coordinating and providing high-level direction to the clinical cancer research programs and clinical cancer trials across the Emory campuses.
  • Associate Director for Clinical Research, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-0032

Lisha Sheng Ho MPAS, PA-C

  • Physician Assistant
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Lisha Sheng Ho MPAS, PA-C

Lisha Sheng Ho MPAS, PA-C

Sandra J. Karem LCSW

  • Social Worker
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                                 Sandra J. Karem LCSW
Sandra J. Karem LCSW

Sandra J. Karem LCSW

Rachel Keller RD, LD

  • Nutrition Advisor
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Rachel Keller RD, LD

Rachel Keller RD, LD

Ashish Khanna MD

  • Cancer Rehabilitation Specialist
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Ashish Khanna MD

Ashish Khanna MD

  • Dr. Khanna focuses on the identification and treatment of neuromuscular, musculoskeletal and other issues resulting from cancer and related treatments.
  • Director of Cancer Rehabilitation, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Kelly Klimansky RN, BSN

  • Nurse Navigator
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                                 Kelly Klimansky RN, BSN
Kelly Klimansky RN, BSN

Kelly Klimansky RN, BSN

Caroline Peacock LCSW, MDiv

  • Spiritual Health Provider
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                                 Caroline Peacock LCSW, MDiv
Caroline Peacock LCSW, MDiv

Caroline Peacock LCSW, MDiv

  • Caroline leads the Winship Spiritual Health Team in the work of offering compassionate, inclusive, supportive, evidence based care to patients, families and staff.
  • Director of Spiritual Health, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (470) 446-7844

Natalie Brooke Peeples MD

  • Supportive Oncologist
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Natalie Brooke Peeples MD

Natalie Brooke Peeples MD

  • A palliative care specialist, Dr. Peeples, provides care and treatments to improve quality of life for patients in any stage of their cancer journey.
  • Assistant Professor, Division of Palliative Medicine, Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-6448

M. Yawar J. Qadri MD, PhD

  • Pain Management Specialist
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                                 M. Yawar J. Qadri MD, PhD
M. Yawar J. Qadri MD, PhD

M. Yawar J. Qadri MD, PhD

  • A cancer pain management expert, Dr. Qadri collaborates with oncologists at Winship to treat patients with cancer suffering from chronic pain symptoms.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 686-2410

Margaret A. Riso MD

  • Pain Management Specialist
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Margaret A. Riso MD

Margaret A. Riso MD

Soumon Rudra MD

  • Radiation Oncologist
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Soumon Rudra MD

Soumon Rudra MD

Maria C. Russell MD

  • Surgical Oncologist
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Maria C. Russell MD

Maria C. Russell MD

  • Dr. Russell's treats tumors of the liver, biliary tract, pancreas, spleen and gallbladder, metastatic tumors to the liver, tumors of the gastrointestinal tract, neuroendocrine tumors, melanoma and metastatic melanoma.
  • Associate Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 686-1001

Vinita Singh MD

  • Pain Management Specialist
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Vinita Singh MD

Vinita Singh MD

  • Dr. Singh collaborates with oncologists to provide state-of-the-art therapies to cancer patients suffering from pain symptoms.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 686-2410

Charles A. Staley MD

  • Surgical Oncologist
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Charles A. Staley MD

Charles A. Staley MD

  • Dr. Staley leads the surgical oncology team and as Chief Quality Officer works collaboratively with leadership on tracking and improving patient services and satisfaction as well as focusing on cancer outcomes at Winship.
  • Chief Quality Officer, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-0210

Joshua H. Winer MD

  • Surgical Oncologist
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Joshua H. Winer MD

Joshua H. Winer MD

  • Dr. Winer's specialties include HIPEC, laparoscopic and robotic pancreas, liver, and gastric resections, and minimally invasive colon surgery.
  • Assistant Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-8059

Melissa Woodstock FNP-C, MSN

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Melissa Woodstock FNP-C, MSN
Melissa Woodstock FNP-C, MSN

Melissa Woodstock FNP-C, MSN

  • Ms. Woodstock is a nurse practitioner serving the inpatient population with gastrointestinal cancers and outpatient population in medical oncology at Winship.
  • Family Nurse Practitioner, Department of Medical Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Nan Xiang MD

  • Pain Management Specialist
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                                 Nan Xiang MD
Nan Xiang MD

Nan Xiang MD

Ali J. Zarrabi MD

  • Palliative Oncologist
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                                 Ali J. Zarrabi MD
Ali J. Zarrabi MD

Ali J. Zarrabi MD

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