Summary: MomentumMomentumC3: COLORECTAL CANCER COALITION
Surgery for Peritoneal Carcinomatosis: Right for You? By Kate Murphy
While training for her fourth marathon in
December of 2003, race walker Allison Kingston
was diagnosed with high risk stage II appendi-
ceal cancer during an emergency appendectomy.
She completed six months of chemotherapy, but
nine months later, during surgery to remove
scar tissue that was causing pain, surgeons
found that the cancer had spread. Allison was
told that she had peritoneal carcinomatosis.
The diagnosis was devastating. Allison says, "I
did not want to have to deal with cancer again.
During the office follow up, I asked my oncolo-
gist if I had six months and he said no. It had
never occurred to me that my prognosis was
Allison asked about surgery to remove the new
cancer. One doctor told her that such surgery
was very experimental, and that it was impos-