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Peritoneal carcinomatosis (PC) is the result of the dissemination of tumour cells in the peritoneal cavity, which can affect the peritoneum locally or extensively. The peritoneum is the tissue that lines the abdominal wall and covers most of the organs in the abdomen.
Primary peritoneal carcinomatosis originates in the peritoneum itself. Secondary peritoneal carcinomatosis, however, is metastasis at the peritoneal level of tumours originating in other organs. Tumours of a gastrointestinal and gynaecological origin are the most frequent cause of this type of dissemination.
Until a few decades ago, the detection of peritoneal carcinomatosis was identified with a terminal stage of the oncological disease. Currently, there are therapeutic options that have significantly improved its prognosis.
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