At the OSUCCC – James, cancer research experts focus on studying small intestine cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The OSUCCC – James consistently paves the way in learning more about what causes small intestine cancer — leading to even more highly targeted prevention, care and treatment.
Screening for Small Intestine Cancer
Cancer screening exams can help find small intestine cancer at its earliest stage when the chances for successful treatment, optimal outcomes and fewer side effects are greatest. These tests are usually done when a patient is healthy and has no specific symptoms.
Small intestine cancer can be hard to detect because symptoms do not often appear until the cancer has progressed. There are currently no recommended screening tests for small intestine cancer for people who are at risk for the disease.
Not only are expert cancer researchers at the OSUCCC – James continually working to detect and diagnose small intestine cancer early, but they are also developing additional tests to detect and diagnose cancer even earlier, leading to improved outcomes, faster responses and fewer side effects.
Risk Factors for Small Intestine Cancer
A risk factor is anything that increases your chance of getting small intestine cancer. The following conditions may increase your risk of developing the disease:
- Eating a diet high in fat
- Having Crohn’s disease: a chronic, inflammatory disease of the digestive tract, especially the colon and lower part of the small intestine
- Having celiac disease: a digestive disorder in which the body becomes hypersensitive to gluten, a protein found in barley, wheat, rye and oats
- Having familial adenomatous polyposis: a genetic condition that makes people more prone to developing intestinal polyps; some patients with this disorder may decide to undergo surgery to remove a part of the small intestine before cancer develops
(Source: National Cancer Institute)
Having risk factors does not necessarily mean you will develop small intestine cancer. If you do have risk factors, or a family history of the disease, ask your doctor about tests to detect small intestine cancer early.
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.