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Cancer of the Small Intestine (cont.)


  • Fewer than 35% of people who have adenocarcinoma of the small bowel live past 5 years.

  • The survival chances are better if the cancer is limited to the inner walls of the small intestine and the lymph nodes are not involved.

  • The chance of recovery is better still in people who have a carcinoid tumor and lymphoma of the small bowel. These malignancies tend to respond better to chemotherapy and radiation treatment when doctors cannot completely remove the tumor.

  • The prognosis is poor, however, if a person has a small bowel lymphoma underlying celiac disease or if the person's immune system is weakened.

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