Small intestine cancer symptoms are often vague. There are several types of small intestine cancers, and the symptoms can vary depending on the type of cancer and where the tumor develops. It’s important to note that symptoms associated with small intestine cancer are the same as those caused by a wide array of other medical conditions. If a person is experiencing one or more symptoms, he or she should consult with a physician, who can run a series of diagnostic tests to determine whether cancer is the cause.
Small intestine cancer sometimes causes pain in the stomach area that starts or gets worse after the patient eats. If a tumor has grown substantially, it may block the passage of digested food, leading to more intense pain that lasts longer. However, because stomach pain is also associated with many common and less serious conditions, a patient might be inclined to wait – sometimes for up to several months – before consulting a physician. Such a delay in treatment can reduce the number of effective options available.
Besides stomach pain, other symptoms that may indicate small intestine cancer include:
- Weight loss
- Blood in the stool
- A lump in the abdomen
- Weakness and fatigue
- Low red blood cell counts
Moffitt Cancer Center has a highly specialized Gastrointestinal Oncology Program for diagnosing, treating and managing small intestine cancer. Our multispecialty small intestine cancer team addresses the needs of each patient by identifying the unique characteristics of his or her condition and then developing an individualized treatment plan. Our patients have full access to the most advanced treatments available, as well as nonsurgical interventions and an assortment of novel therapies that are offered through our robust clinical trials program. We also have a variety of supportive services geared toward enhancing a patient’s quality of life, and we offer it all in a single, convenient location.
To schedule an appointment, receive a second opinion or consult with one of our oncology specialists regarding small intestine cancer symptoms, call 1-888-663-3488 or complete our new patient registration form. No referral is necessary.