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Cancer of the Small Intestine (cont.)

Cancer of the Small Intestine Symptoms

  • Like most GI cancers, early symptoms of small bowel cancer tend to be vague and nonspecific. They may include abdominal discomfort associated with the following:
    • Nausea
    • Bloating
    • Loss of appetite
  • The following symptoms may indicate advanced disease and should be signs to seek medical attention:
    • Fatigue
    • Weight loss
    • Iron deficiency anemia
    • Visible blood loss:Blood or a material that looks like coffee grounds may be vomited, or black stools may be passed.
    • Severe nausea and vomiting because of a blockage inthe small bowel by the enlarging cancer: Doctors frequently diagnose small intestine cancer during surgery for unexplained bowel obstruction.
    • Jaundice (yellowish skin): This is a symptom in people with cancerthat involvesthe upper small intestine because of blockage of the bile ducts draining the liver.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/22/2014
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