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What are the tests for small intestine cancer?

What are the tests for small intestine cancer?

Imaging & biopsy: Cancers of the small intestine are not that common. If imaging reveals a mass, it may need to be removed or biopsied and the tissue examined by a pathologist for diagnosis. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of small intestine cancer?

What are the symptoms of small intestine cancer?

Obstruction and: Small intestinal cancers are much less common than colon cancers. The symptoms depend on the type of cancer and may be due to obstruction in the form of swelling of abdomen, pain, vomiting, due to neuroendocrine syndromes, e.g., carcinoid syndrome, and in the case of lymphomas, mass in abdomen and enlargement of lymph nodes. ...Read more

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How can somebody tell whether or not he has small intestine cancer?

How can somebody tell whether or not he has small intestine cancer?

Difficult diagnosis: Early diagnosis of small bowel carcinomas are difficult to diagnose in early stages, as most it is not accessible to endoscope.Capsule endoscopy is some help, contrast studies, ct scans will help.Late stages will present with obstruction, cramp y colicky pains , some time with bleeding. Occasionally laporoscopy even laporatomy is required for diagnosis. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are long and short term symptoms of small intestine cancer?

Could you tell me what are long and short term symptoms of small intestine cancer?

Obstruction: Small intestinal cancer is much less common than colonic cancer and the symptoms are related to obstruction of the bowel, e.g., vomiting, constipation, mass in abdomen and endocrine symptoms from some tumors. Some small intestinal cancers are lymphomas and may be associated with enlarged lymph-nodes. ...Read more

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How long is the timeline for a person with stage IV small intestine cancer?

How long is the timeline for a person with stage IV small intestine cancer?

No such timeline: No scientific physician has ever given a person x-number of months / years to survive. The patient may have the inferior vena cava undergo thrombosis or a mass become infected and die tomorrow. Five percent of these people are alive in five years. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/smallintestinecancer/detailedguide/small-intestine-cancer-survival-rates. ...Read more

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My mum has had colon cancer and my grandma (mums mum) had small intestine cancer. Are there steps I can take to prevent cancer myself?

My mum has had colon cancer and my grandma (mums mum) had small intestine cancer. Are there steps I can take to prevent cancer myself?

Heritable cancer: First it might be good to know which type of cancers they had-- i.e. if they truly were inherited by known pathways (polyposis, Lynch syndrome, etc.) Prevention would include healthy diet (high fiber, no nitrites, no alcohol, etc.) and appropriate screening at a possibly earlier age. Consulting with a pathologist/gastroenterologist or geneticist about the cancer pattern and path may be useful. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for small intestine cancer?

What is the treatment for small intestine cancer?

Depends on type: Small intestinal cancers are uncommon. These may be lymphomas, connective tissue tumors, neuroendocrine carcinomas etc. Lymphomas are usually treated with chemo, connective tissue and neuroendocrine tumors with surgery and may be chemo. ...Read more

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For what length of time can a person have small bowel cancer?

For what length of time can a person have small bowel cancer?

Highly variable: Each person is different & it depends on the cell type of the cancer. Adenocarcinomas may grow faster than a carcinoid tumor, for example. These cancers may be around for several months before becoming symptomatic, but that is an estimate on my part. I am not aware of medical studies watching how a person's cancer may grow without treatment. ...Read more

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Can you give me information about the prognosis small bowel cancer?

Can you give me information about the prognosis small bowel cancer?

Need more info: In order to be able to comment on prognosis, it's important to have some more information. What type of cancer (adenocarcinoma versus neuroendocrine)? Where within the small bowel is it located? Has it spread to other organs? Can it be removed completely with an operation? Small tumors that have not spread often have a good prognosis, but talk to your doctor to find out about your case. ...Read more

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How long can a person have small bowel cancer before it causes symptoms?

How long can a person have small bowel cancer before it causes symptoms?

Varies: Some small bowel cancers, e.g., lymphomas may cause obstruction when the size approaches the lumen diameter; others like neuroendocrine tumors are usually slow growing may cause symptoms only on producing metastases. In general tumors spend about half their life before those become clinically manifest, therefore most cancers are there for years before being detected. ...Read more

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If small bowel cancer causes colicky pain then what is the likely hood that pain would be diffused rather than isolated.

If small bowel cancer causes colicky pain then what is the likely hood that pain would be diffused rather than isolated.

Understand pathways: Colicky pain is crampy caused by hypermotility or contracting against a blockage - typically starts and stops abruptly and located in the middle of the abdomen. Pain that localizes suggests that there is irritation underneath, either infection or growth. For more information about these cancers, see: http://my.Clevelandclinic.Org/disorders/small_intestine_cancer/hic_small_intestine_cancer.Asp. ...Read more

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My elderly mother has small bowel cancer and spread to liver and she is yellow and hardly eatling?

My elderly mother has small bowel cancer and spread to liver and she is yellow and hardly eatling?

Liver mets: Bring her to see an oncologist for further eval and therapy. She could have biliary duct obstruction from the cancer and perhaps palliative stenting can help to relieve the symptoms, or could be she is the process of liver failure etc. Once the acute issue like biliary obstruction is treated- then if she choses to get chemotherapy- a palliative systemic chemo should be considered. Go to see her md. ...Read more

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Possibility of symptomatic small bowel cancer 15mo after clean oral/iv abdominal CT done at baylor in dallas?

Possibility of symptomatic small bowel cancer 15mo after clean oral/iv abdominal CT done at baylor in dallas?

unlikely: Most small bowel masses present as a small bowel obstruction. Unless you've had a previous tumor in that area it would be unlikely you have one now especially if you had a normal ct scan 15 months prior. Do you have any symptoms? Prior tumor in that area? ...Read more

Dr. Robert Cloud
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Intestinal Cancer (Definition)

Lesions of bowel,especially colon, now believed to arise in a field effect in the mucosa of the bowel, small and large. A virus such as polyoma enters the mucosa and begins tansformation first with gene alterations leading to immortality and then to normal appearing cells beginning to produce immunogenic protein. One focus transforms faster to result in a clinical lesion ...Read more


Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more