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:
- Loss of appetite
- The following symptoms may indicate advanced disease and should be signs to seek medical attention:
- 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.
Robert J Fingerote, MD, MSc, BSc
Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
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