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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 in the 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 cancer that involves the upper small intestine because of blockage of the bile ducts draining the liver.

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