Small Intestinal Cancer


The following are some common symptoms of small intestine cancer:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Weakness or fatigue (sometimes a result of anemia)
  • Bloody or tarry stools (from bleeding tumors)
  • A noticeable lump in the abdomen
Tests to diagnose: 

The tests include:

Imaging tests used to diagnose small bowel cancer include:

  • Computerized tomography (CT) scan
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Positron emission tomography (PET)
  • X-rays of the upper digestive system and small bowel after drinking a solution containing barium (upper GI series with small bowel follow-through)

Endoscopic tests may include:

  • Upper endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Capsule endoscopy, which is sometimes called a pill camera
  • Single-balloon enteroscopy
  • Double-balloon enteroscopy
  • Spiral enteroscopy

Treatment includes laproscopic surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and biological therapy.

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