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PMP Pals is the world’s oldest global volunteer run organization that gives hope to patients and caregivers fighting Appendix Cancer, also known as Pseudomyxoma Peritonei or PMP.  We provide information and support through our many free programs including:

  • Eat Like a King – get advice on diet and nutrition after surgery from Linda
  • Ask Arthur – get answers to your clinical questions from retired pediatric surgeon and PMP survivor Arthur
  • Get Well Cards – Pals from around the world send you cards after surgery or to celebrate a survival anniversary
  • Pal Mentors – for patients and caregivers, carefully chosen to match your diagnosis and demographics, no matter where you are in your journey
  • Bare Bottom Bears – our oldest program that sends you a personalized teddy bear
  • Quarterly Newsletters – help educate you on the world of PMP and sharing stories of inspiration
  • PMP Pals Web Site – provides a wealth of information to help Find a Surgeon, access our support programs and honor those no longer with us
  • Blogs – provide detailed information about important topics you may encounter such as wound care, financial support or alternative therapies
  • PMP Pals Facebook Page – see pictures of Pals living life abundantly, even with a rare cancer
  • Pal Handbooks – A different handbook for each phase of the journey, from preparing for surgery, to recovery, to coping with chemotherapy
  • Events – meet us throughout the year at various fundraising events and symposiums
  • Annual Conference – join the Pals at our Annual Conference for networking, support and inspiration

If you or someone you know is affected by this rare cancer, please contact us today at so we can provide HOPE to YOU!

PMP Pals does publish the latest research and provides ideas for treatment, but it is NOT qualified to provide medical advice. Patients MUST consult with their physicians to establish their treatment, recovery and follow up plans.

Note:  If you want to access the legacy PMP Pals web site, click here.  There’s still plenty of good information and references that you can use!

PMP Pals has HOPE for YOU!

PMP Pals has HOPE for YOU!

Last updated: February 12, 2016 


Cancer talk- patient2patient

I was diagnosed with pseudomyxoma peritonei in 2002 after surgery with the closest oncologic surgeon to where I lived (six hours away). At the time of diagnoses I was 32 years old, had two small children ages 3 and 7, and was the ‘working mom’ while, by choice, my husband was home with the kids. […]

Melissa N.

I just wanted to send out a huge Thank You to all those that took the time to write the letters and cards I received. They couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. Even though CRS/Hipec surgery was May 12 I’ve had a few set backs and have been admitted back into the hospital 3 […]

Dani C.

Dani with Cards and Bear April 2016
A huge THANK YOU and giant hug to all my PMP Pals who sent such heartfelt cards and a comforting, adorable Bare Bottom Bear!! They arrived just when I needed a boost. Any time I feel low, I can just look at this display of love and know that I’m not alone. Thank you with […]

Laura D.

Jills Bare Bottom Bear April 2016
Dear PMP Pals, Thank you so much for my beautiful cards. They really brightened my day! The bear was adorable!
Laura D

Jill W.

Jills Get Well Cards April 2016
I am grateful for the cards and sweet bear that I recently received. Thank you for caring.
Jill W.

David H.

Get Well Card
Earlier this week a large envelope arrived in the mail from PMP Pals. I had no idea why or what it was. When I opened it, I quickly realized that numerous other patients from all over the country took their precious time to share best wishes, thoughts and prayers with me and for me. It arrived at just […]
David H.

David A. – It May Not Be As Bad As You Think

Pal David, now 5 years post HIPEC, explains why it may not be as bad as you think
Aging men often grow what is commonly referred to in Australia as a “Beer Belly.” Whilst not a drinker I too managed to acquire such a thing which, I believe, began to appear when I was in my early fifties. In my mid sixties, (I am now 71) finding it increasingly difficult to pass through […]
David A.

Rod H.

Rod H has learned to live well with a modified digestive tract, including multiple ostomies
Steadily over a few years in the early 2000’s, I’d put on a few extra pounds around my stomach area but thought it was normal as I had just entered my fifties. That was until I had a bout of feeling sick and bloated which led me to seek my general practitioner’s advice. After a second opinion from […]


Joyce Xu card Dec 2015
As I sit down in the California sunshine before our departure for Shanghai, China, I just want to say a big “Thank You!” Thank you for reinvigorating the PMP Pals Network which is a tremendous source of support, help and inspiration, and for all the generous help that I am fortunate to have received from […]


Bear Front
So as I mentioned, my sister went back into the hospital, but this time she wasn’t alone. There was a Little Bear waiting for her (she got it, they were getting ready to return to sender). She said it made her night and when she told me the story I could hear the comfort and […]

Misty P.

Siocial Security Compassionate Allowance
I was thrilled to see the blog about disability.  Pal Mimi had asked me if anybody ever applied for or got disability as they progressed through our disease, and I answered yes, but it takes a long time to get disability.  So I was pleased to see that there’s an expedited process.  I was thrilled to […]

Pamela J. M.

Roger and Brother
Thank you. This post on Roger G’s testimony offers me hope and inspiration. I’m 26 days post-op Cytoreduction and HIPEC.
Pamela J. M.

Roger G.

Roger profile picture
My diagnosis came as a complete surprise even though once discovered, my condition had progressed to a remarkably extensive degree. Never felt ill, never felt run down, never felt any pain, and never felt off kilter from the usual everyday self. Being an outdoor and hiking enthusiast I did, however, feel a need to lose […]
Roger G.

Cecilia R.

Get Well Card
I want to thank all the PMP Pals who sent me cards and notes of encouragement after my recent CRS and HIPEC surgery here in Vancouver, British Columbia June 24th.  The cards came to me just when I was experiencing frustration with the whole process and did they ever cheer me up!  It was fantastic to hear of other […]
Cecilia R.

Chris P.

Chris and Gabriella_We Believe in Miracles
Approaching the Christmas season of 2004 I was at the top of the world with a new job at a pharmaceutical company, attending a top-tier business school, and my wife was pregnant with our first child. On Christmas Eve I learned I was also a cancer patient with advanced PMP. I was lucky my local […]
Chis P.

Arthur R.

Arthur pic 2
I am 73 years old. I have pmp. I have had an ileo-colectomy, two HIPEC procedures and a full course of FOLFOX chemotherapy. I am also a retired surgeon. I practiced pediatric surgery for 37 years. Despite multiple oral and written exams to retain my board certification in both general and pediatric surgery, I never encountered a […]
Arthur R.

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