What is small intestine cancer?

Small intestine cancer is cancer that develops in the small intestine. The small intestine connects the stomach to the large intestine and is responsible for breaking down food into components that can be absorbed into the rest of the body. Intestines are sometimes referred to as bowels.

There are different types of small intestinal or small bowel cancer. The most common type is called carcinoid, which means cancer-like. It is given this name because it tends to be slower growing and less aggressive than other cancers we often describe. Carcinoid tumors can occur anywhere along the intestinal tract, including the appendix and in the small intestine. The treatment usually involves surgery alone. Very rarely are medications like chemotherapy used to treat carcinoid tumors.

The other type of small intestine cancer commonly described is called adenocarcinoma. It is very similar to colon cancer in the way that it develops, grows, and spreads. The treatment for adenocarcinoma of the small intestine involves surgery and sometimes requires chemotherapy to treat any spread of cancer, called metastasis.

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