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What sort of disorder is duodenal cancer?

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In brief: Uncommon

Duodenal cancer is usually a type of adenocarcinoma.
Cancers of the small intestine or duodenum are fairly rare. They may grow to block the intestine before they are diagnosed, and sometimes bleed slowly or cause anemia. These types of cancer can be serious and usually always need surgery, as well as possible chemotherapy.

In brief: Uncommon

Duodenal cancer is usually a type of adenocarcinoma.
Cancers of the small intestine or duodenum are fairly rare. They may grow to block the intestine before they are diagnosed, and sometimes bleed slowly or cause anemia. These types of cancer can be serious and usually always need surgery, as well as possible chemotherapy.
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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In brief: Serious

The successful treatment of duodenal cancer frequently requires surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.
If it has not spread it is still potentially curable. Treatment needs to be coordinated by an oncologist or surgeon familiar with the disease.

In brief: Serious

The successful treatment of duodenal cancer frequently requires surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.
If it has not spread it is still potentially curable. Treatment needs to be coordinated by an oncologist or surgeon familiar with the disease.
Dr. Phillip Price
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Dr. Richard Orr
Definitely go to a surgeon specializing in cancer (surgical oncologist, hepatopancreatobiliary HPB, or a very experienced general surgeon). Check him or her out (as well as the hospital. This type of surgery should not be done by low volume surgeons in low volume hospitals. It is an operation with high complication rates in the best of hands. Consider a specialty hospital.
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