PMP Surgeons and Specialists in the USA
There is no definition of a specialist for pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP) or appendix cancer surgeons. There is, however, published research which shows that the surgery has a long learning curve – that a surgeon needs to carry out a high number of surgeries to bring down the morbidity (the issues a patient has after surgery), mortality and recurrence figures. These figures are very difficult to compare as the ‘selection’ criteria which different surgeons use will vary widely. Some surgeons may take on cases that other surgeons have considered challenging and would turn down.
We are all unique, we have varying pathology and spread of disease before we become surgical candidates and all of this should be considered before selecting a specialist. It is also important to consider the whole team at a facility – the pain management, pharmacology, nutritionalists, physical therapists, the nursing staff and so on and their experience in working with PMP patients.
Our list of surgeons, specialists and treatment centres across the United States only includes those who have demonstrated experience in treating pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP). Pseudomyxoma Survivor does not endorse particular surgeons or specialists. Profiles are provided by the specialists themselves.
*Please note, Pseudomyxoma Survivor does not endorse individual surgeons or specialists.
After my ruptured appendix was removed, the surgeon said the operation “took a little longer, it was messy in there.” For the follow-up, he called me in earlier to give me the bad news.
Calling US patients: Do you have an upcoming surgery or an ascites drain scheduled in the United States?
If so, please consider donating your excess tissue for an important research project. The ACPMP Research Foundation has partnered with Pattern.org to enable patients to donate their excess tissue or fluid to the Cancer Cell Line Project at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.
Currently, Dr Sugarbaker is the Director for the Program in Peritoneal Surface Oncology. His interests are in gastrointestinal cancer, gynecologic malignancy and mesothelioma.