Living with Small Intestine Cancer

Small intestine cancer is cancer of the small intestine. Although there are several types of cancer that occur inside the small intestine, the type most commonly associated with small intestine cancer are adenocarcinomas. Adenocarcinomas most often occur in the duodenum, the beginning portion of the small intestine, and form in the cells that line the inside. Small intestine cancer is fairly rare; just over 8,000 new cases are diagnosed in the United States each year. Five-year survival rates for small intestine cancer vary depending on the stage at which the cancer is caught.

The average age at which small intestine cancer is diagnosed is 60. Other risk factors for developing small intestine cancer include: a diet high in fat; having had Crohn's disease or celiac disease; and certain inherited conditions. Symptoms of small intestine cancer include abdominal lumps or pain, unexplained weight loss, and bloody stool. The stages of small intestine cancer range from zero to IV, depending on tumor size and how widely it may have spread. Small intestine cancer treatments include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or a combination of these.

For more information on small intestine cancer, read the American Cancer Society's detailed guide.

If you have been affected by small intestine cancer, please be sure to take some time to read others' experiences, share your own experiences, and ask or answer questions.

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