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Cancer of the Small Intestine (cont.)

Cancer of the Small Intestine Treatment

  • Surgical removal is the primary treatment for cancer of the small intestine.
  • Chemotherapy or radiation therapy may be useful if the cancer is widespread. Advanced or widespread small intestine cancer is uncommon and a subject of ongoing research. Clinical trial participation is encouraged for such patients.
  • Radiation therapy may also be helpful if the disease is widespread or if local tumors come back.
  • Surgery may also relieve symptoms when the cancer has caused a bowel obstruction. In this case, doctors may perform a bypass procedure or limited tumor removal.
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