Intestinal Cancer Treatment

What is Intestinal Cancer?

Intestinal cancer is the presence of cancerous cells in the small or large intestines. The intestines are part of the body's gastrointestinal (digestive) system. Cancer that develops in the large intestine (or large bowel) is called colorectal cancer. Small intestine cancer is a rare disease in which cancer cells grow in the small intestine (or small bowel).

Symptoms
  • Abdominal pain
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Weakness or fatigue (sometimes a result of anemia)
  • Bloody or tarry stools (from bleeding tumors)
  • A noticeable lump in the abdomen

Imaging tests that create pictures of the small intestine and the area around it can help diagnose intestinal cancer and show whether it has spread.
Surgery is the most common treatment. Additional options include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or a combination