Small Intestine Cancer: Symptoms & Signs

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

There are different kinds of tumors that can arise in the small intestine, although cancer of this organ is far less common than colorectal cancer. Symptoms can be similar to those of any gastrointestinal malignancy and include

Other symptoms and signs can include

Causes of cancer of the small intestine

The cause of small intestine cancer is unknown.

REFERENCES:

Kasper, D.L., et al., eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th Ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Education, 2015.

United States. National Cancer Institute. "Small Intestine Cancer Treatment." May 11, 2018. <http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/smallintestine/
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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/16/2018

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