Cancer of the Small Intestine (Adenocarcinoma)
Cancer of the Small Intestine Introduction
The small intestine, or small bowel, lies between the stomach and the colon. The small intestine is about 6 m (20 ft) long. Its primary function is to digest and absorb nutrients. The small intestine makes up more than 70% of the length and 90% of the surface area ofthe gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
The most common cancerous (malignant) tumors of the small bowel include adenocarcinoma, lymphoma, sarcoma, and carcinoids.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/22/2014
Robert J Fingerote, MD, MSc, BSc
Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Must Read Articles Related to Cancer of the Small Intestine
Patient Comments & Reviews
The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Cancer of the Small Intestine:
Cancer of the Small Intestine - Symptoms
What symptoms did you experience with your cancer of the small intestine?
Cancer of the Small Intestine - Treatment
What treatment did you receive for your cancer of the small intestine?