Small Intestine Cancer

About Small Intestine Cancer

At Penn Medicine, patients with small intestine cancer receive their care from a multidisciplinary team of nationally recognized experts in the diagnosis, treatment and research of gastrointestinal cancer.

Also known as the small bowel, the small intestine is the portion of the digestive tract that connects the stomach with the large bowl, or colon. The small intestine is critical in the breakdown and absorption of food so the body can absorb nutrients.

The small intestine can be divided into three areas:

  • Duodenum
  • Jejunum
  • Ileum

Cancer of the small intestine is rare. There are five main types of intestinal cancer, differentiated by their appearance under a microscope:

  • Adenocarcinoma
  • Gastrointestinal stromal tumor
  • Carciniod tumors
  • Lymphoma
  • Sarcoma
    • Leiomyosarcoma

Penn Medicine's multidisciplinary approach to cancer diagnosis and treatment provides better outcomes and gives patients access to the most advanced treatment, surgical techniques and clinical trials.

Because navigating a cancer diagnosis and treatment options can be difficult, patients who wish to connect with a cancer specialist at Penn Medicine can speak with a cancer nurse, who can help them make an appointment with the right physician.

To connect with a cancer nurse at Penn Medicine, patients should call 800-789-PENN.

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Diagnosing Small Intestine Cancer

An accurate cancer diagnosis from trusted cancer specialists is the first step in getting personalized treatment options to treat small intestine cancer.

Patients who choose Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center, benefit from a multidisciplinary team of cancer specialists including gastroenterologists, radiologists, pathologists and surgeons who work together to provide a diagnosis and treatment plan custom designed for each patient with small intestine cancer.

Cancer specialists at Penn Medicine are highly experienced in using the most advanced techniques for diagnosing small intestine cancer and are actively researching better and more precise ways to detect small intestine cancer.

Because an accurate diagnosis is a critical step in planning cancer treatment, it’s important patients know that when they come to Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center, they are taking an important step in getting the best cancer treatment.

Navigating a cancer diagnosis and treatment options can be difficult, patients who wish to connect with a cancer specialist at Penn Medicine can speak with a cancer nurse, who can help them make an appointment with the right person. Penn Medicine’s contact center has experienced cancer nurses available and ready to guide patients in finding the cancer specialist right for them.

To connect with a cancer nurse at Penn Medicine, patients should call 800-789-PENN.

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Small Intestine Cancer Treatments

Following the diagnosis and staging of small intestine cancer, cancer specialists at Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center develop a personalized treatment plan. Penn’s treatment options for small intestine cancer include:

  • Surgery
    • Resection
    • Surgical bypass
  • Radiation therapy
    • 3-D conformal radiation therapy
    • Intensity-modulated radiation treatment (IMRT)
    • Proton therapy
    • Volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT)
  • Chemotherapy
    • Chemotherapy
  • Other treatments
    • Integrative medicine and wellness
    • Palliative care
    • Penn Home Care and Hospice

Because navigating a cancer diagnosis and treatment options can be difficult, patients who wish to connect with a cancer specialist at Penn Medicine can speak with a cancer nurse, who can help them make an appointment with the right physician.

To connect with a cancer nurse at Penn Medicine, patients should call 800-789-PENN.

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Small Intestine Cancer Survivorship

Survivorship programs at Penn Medicine are a distinct phase of intestinal cancer care and are designed to help patients' transition from their cancer treatment routine to a post-cancer care lifestyle. There are more than 12 million cancer survivors living and thriving today as a result of advances in cancer treatment. However, cancer treatments can result in physical, emotional and financial complications long after the therapy is complete.

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