How is small intestine cancer cured?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Small intestine cancer can be cured by removing the tumor. Your chance of a complete recovery depends on what type and how far along your cancer is. If your doctor is unable to surgically remove the entire tumor, you may receive surgery, radiation therapy, or chemotherapy to ease symptoms. Any cancer can return later in life.

Dr. Jill K. Onesti, MD
Surgical Oncologist

Survival for small intestine cancer depends on which type of cancer it is (adenocarcinoma, carcinoid, sarcoma, lymphoma or metastatic -- spread from somewhere else) and if it is confined to the small intestine. A portion of your small intestine can be removed surgically without affecting your overall well-being. Sometimes the tumor may involve the major blood vessels that supply all of your small intestine. If this has happened, then the tumor might not be able to be removed, as you do need a portion of your small intestine in order to digest food. In some circumstances, even if it is not possible to cure the tumor, surgery may still be beneficial in order to help you feel better.

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