Genetics of Appendix Cancer 

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What is Appendix Cancer? 

Appendix cancer is a rare form of cancer that occurs in the appendix, a small organ attached to the large intestine. The cause of this condition is not fully understood yet. But, some things that might increase the risk of getting it include aging, unhealthy habits like smoking, and certain genes that you might inherit from your family.

Signs of appendix cancer may include: 

  • extreme stomach pain 
  • bloating 
  • changes in bowel movements 

As with any cancer, early detection and treatment are crucial. Depending on the type of appendix cancer, different treatments may be needed. Common treatment includes chemotherapy and surgery. 

How is the research done? 

Researchers want to learn more about the development of appendix cancer and if it is related to genetics. The study team uses BioVU resources to select those with appendix cancer and analyzes their DNA to look at parts of the genes that are not usually studied. They will study the genes related to this disease and see if it is similar to other cancers. This may help reveal new information about how appendix cancer develops and who is more likely to get it. 

What is the importance of this study? 

This study is working to find a genetic link to appendix cancer and if it can be passed down in families. This research can help improve prevention and treatment options for those at risk or managing this condition.