What Is Intestine Cancer?

Intestine cancer is a rare disease where cells in the tissue of the small intestine change. They grow out of control and can form a mass or tumor. The small intestine (also called “small bowel”) connects your stomach to your large intestine. Its main job is to break down and absorb food, fats, vitamins, and other substances your body needs. If you have this type of cancer, tumor cells may block the small intestine.

What are the types of Intestine cancer?

There are five types of intestine cancer:

What are the symptoms? 

See your doctor if you notice any of the following signs, which could be caused by small intestine cancer or something else:

What Are the Causes of Intestine cancer?

Doctors aren’t sure why people develop it. But they do know that several things can increase your chances of getting the disease:

What Treatments Are Available?

Which treatment your doctor recommends will depend on several things, like what type of cancer it is and whether it has spread. Surgery is the most common treatment. Your surgeon may remove the part of the small intestine that contains cancer. Or they may do “bypass” surgery so that food can go around a tumor that can’t be removed. Even if your doctor takes out all of the cancer during surgery, they may still suggest radiation therapy. This uses high-energy X-rays to kill cancer cells. They might also offer chemotherapy (chemo). These are drugs you take by mouth or through an IV tube. They, too, kill cancer cells or stop them from growing. Several new therapies are being tested, as well. Talk to your doctor if you’re interested in taking part in one of these clinical trials before, during, or after your treatment.
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