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.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/22/2014
Robert J Fingerote, MD, MSc, BSc
Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
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