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.
How long haveIhad it. This is an age old question which i think every cancer patient asks at some point. How long does it take before I have symptoms, how long has it been there? No one can truly answer these questions. Each patient is unique and their can cer is unique to them as well.

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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.

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...

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...

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...
Depends on histology. About half of small bowel cancers, especially those in the lower part are carcinoid tumors, which generally have a good prognosis. More commonly in the small bowel closer to the stomach is adenocarcinoma, similar to stomach and colon cancers. If cought early enough to be completely resected hte prognosis is good, but treatment of unresectable disease is poor. Read more...
Varies with type. Small bowel cancers are less common than colonic cancers. These may be slow growing neuroendocrine tumors, lymphomas and tumors of the connective tissue. The prognosis varies with tumor type and associated diseases. Read more...

Is small bowel inflammation an early sign of small bowel cancer?

It is not. Unless it's Crohn's, there's no connection, and even if it is , it's weak. Read more...
See below. Is the inflammation the duodenum or ileum. Inflammation in the duodenum can be seen with peptic injury, various meds (NSAIDs), infections, stasis, celiac sprue, Crohn's disease, or be non-specific. Ileal inflammation can be seen with NSAIDs (ibuprofen), infection, or possibly Crohn's disease. Sprue and Crohn's carry a low risk of malignancy after several years as they are both chronic conditions. Read more...

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

I am sorry to hear. I am very sorry to hear of your mother's condition. Small bowel cancer is uncommon. Spread of the cancer to the liver sounds worrisome in the face of developing yellow jaundice & poor eating. She could have the beginning of liver failure. Contact your family doctor & her oncologist asap to relay your concerns & see what options there may be. Read more...
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...
Keep the hope. if the jaundice is due to biliary duct blockage, the endoscopy and stent will releive it. Then, there is chance for mild chemo like oral Xeloda (capecitabine) to help her to live longer. Read more...
Hospice? Frail elderly malnourished patients with advanced cancer may not benefit from chemotherapy. Ask her doctor whether efforts should be turned to comfort care now. Ask if he feels hospice care is indicated. Hospice helped my mother die comfortably and naturally in her own home. . Read more...

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...

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...