What is it?

Small intestine cancer is a rare disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the small intestine.
The small intestine is a long tube that is a part of your body’s digestive system, it folds many times to fit inside your abdomen. It has three parts, the first one is the duodenum, then the jejunum, and lastly the ileum.
There are five types of cancer tumors found in the small intestine, they include adenocarcinoma, sarcoma, carcinoid tumors, gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST), and lymphoma.
Small intestine cancer, like most cancer types, is divided into stages, according to how much it has spread out of the intestine into the rest of your body.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Small Bowel Cancer

Signs & symptoms

Possible signs of small intestine cancer include abdominal pain, weight loss for no reason, blood in your stool, and in rare cases- a lump in the abdomen.
These and other signs and symptoms may be caused by small intestine cancer or by other conditions.


Your doctor will ask you about your symptoms and perform a physical exam. The following tests might be done next:
-blood tests to check for any abnormalities
-Endoscopy- a procedure done in order to look inside your small intestine and check for abnormal areas. It might be done with a flexible thin tube inserted through your mouth called gastroscope, or with a small capsule containing a camera you will need to swallow.
-If abnormal area was found, a biopsy, in which a small piece of tissues is taken out so it can be viewed under a microscope, will be done.
-Imaging tests of the small intestine, such as a CT scan.


There are different types of treatment for patients with small intestine cancer. The treatment depends on the type of cancer, its stage and your general health:
-Surgery – to remove the cancer
-Chemotherapy- medication that will kill cancerous cells or stop their growing.
-Radiation therapy- high-energy x-rays or other types of radiation used to kill cancer cells or keep them from growing.
-Targeted therapy- drugs or other substances that are aimed to attack specific cancer cells.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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