Your Treatment Team for Small Intestine Cancer
Small intestine cancer is a rare malignancy of the small intestine, the longest section of the GI system that connects the stomach to the large intestine. Cancers of the large intestine (colon) are twice as common as small intestine cancer. There are five types of small intestine cancer, with adenocarcinoma the most common.
Surgery to remove the tumor and adjacent tissue is the first choice. If the tumor cannot be removed by surgery, it is possible to create a surgical bypass around the tumor. The GI Tumor Team is a high-volume surgical service with expertise in surgical treatment of Small Intestine Cancer.
Chemotherapy is a treatment that uses therapeutic drugs to kill or slow tumor growth and prevent recurrence. It is often prescribed in addition to surgery or radiation therapy. Chemotherapy can be taken by mouth or injected into a vein or muscle. In addition to oral and systemic chemotherapy, patients with small intestine cancer may receive targeted biologic immune therapy.
Radiation Therapy uses a type of high-energy X-ray to kill cancer cells. It is often combined with surgery or chemotherapy to prevent recurrence of the cancer. Radiation is also used when surgery is not an option because the cancer is too far advanced. The Small Intestine Cancer Treatment Team offers brachytherapy and neoadjuvant radiation therapy, as well as the latest high-tech, extremely precise radiation techniques such as intensity-modulated radiation therapy and Novalis Radiosurgery.
Clinical Research Trials
The GI Tumor Program supports landmark research in drug discovery, surgery, molecular therapy, immune therapy, endoscopy, risk assessment and detection. Breakthrough discoveries in the lab become early stage translational research studies and then patient clinical trials. Moffitt is known for its cutting-edge research in personalized medicine, which designs targeted treatments that improve patient outcomes, reduce side effects and prevent disease recurrence.
Treatment for Pain
Moffitt Cancer Center offers extensive pain and palliative care services. Your Small Intestine Cancer Treatment Team will address both pain management and symptom management to help improve your quality of life. Pain-relieving medications can help reduce symptoms, as can surgical procedures. In addition, Moffitt’s Integrative Medicine service offers a number of complementary modalities, such as acupuncture, massage therapy, imagery and relaxation techniques that can help control pain and offer a greater sense of well-being.