There is no such thing as routine small intestine cancer. Every patient’s small intestine cancer is different, with different, individually unique genes and molecules driving each person’s specific cancer.
At the OSUCCC – James, our small intestine cancer specialists are world-renowned cancer experts who focus solely on small intestine cancer and who reach across medical disciplines (oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, gastroenterologists, hepatologists, pharmacists and more) to design the very best treatment plan and therapies to target each patient’s specific cancer.
And by offering access to the country’s most advanced clinical trials right here at the OSUCCC – James, patients know that additional options, when needed, are often available for their treatment and care.
Facts About Small Intestine Cancer
Cancer of the small intestine, also known as small bowel cancer, is rare. It begins in cells of the small intestine, the part of the digestive system located between the stomach and large intestine.
The small intestine is a long tube, folded up many times within the abdomen. It is responsible for taking nutrients from food and helps process waste material.
About 9,000 people receive a small intestine cancer diagnosis each year in the United States. People with certain intestinal disorders such as Crohn’s disease or colitis may be at a higher risk for the disease.
Types of Small Intestine Cancer
The most frequently diagnosed type of small intestine cancer is called adenocarcinoma, which begins in the lining of the small intestine near the stomach.
Other types of small intestine cancer include:
- Sarcoma, a cancer of the connective or supportive tissue; one type of sarcoma is leiomyosarcoma in which tumors can grow near the large intestine
- Carcinoid tumor, a type of tumor that tends to grow more slowly than the others
- Gastrointestinal stromal tumor, which is a type of soft tissue sarcoma
Small Intestine Cancer Symptoms
Symptoms of small intestine cancer may not appear until the disease has progressed. If you have any of the symptoms below, ask your doctor about specific tests to detect small intestine cancer. The earlier the disease is detected, the higher the chance for successful treatment.
Symptoms of small intestine cancer may include:
- Cramping or pain in the middle of the abdomen or stomach area
- Unexplained weight loss
- A lump in the abdomen
- Blood in the stool
- Extreme fatigue or weakness
Having these symptoms does not necessarily mean you have small intestine cancer. But if you have symptoms, you should tell your doctor, especially if symptoms have continued for longer than a few weeks.
(Source: National Cancer Institute)
If you have received a small intestine cancer diagnosis, or if you want a second opinion or just want to speak to a small intestine cancer specialist, we are here to help you. Call 800-293-5066 or 614-293-5066 to make an appointment.