A common treatment for small intestine cancer, radiation therapy may be combined with surgery or chemotherapy as part of a multimodal approach to treatment, or performed on its own to address tumors that cannot be surgically removed. By targeting and destroying cancerous cells, radiation therapy can help manage the growth and spread of tumors and the accompanying symptoms.
After small intestine cancer is diagnosed and staged, treatment options can be evaluated and selected based on the location and size of a tumor, the extent of its spread (to lymph nodes, bones, liver or other organs), a patient’s overall health and the presence of uncomfortable symptoms. Prior to deciding on a course of treatment, a patient is encouraged to seek several expert opinions.
Through Moffitt Cancer Center’s Gastrointestinal Oncology Program, patients’ cases are reviewed by a multispecialty tumor board of experts who all specialize in various disciplines, yet share a common focus in exclusively treating gastrointestinal cancers. Each treatment plan is highly individualized and based on the input of numerous specialists. In this way, Moffitt’s patients benefit from multiple expert opinions without having to obtain referrals or travel to different offices. Moffitt offers all of this – as well as all aspects of cancer diagnosis, treatment and support – in a single, convenient location.
If radiation therapy is recommended for treating small intestine cancer, there are several advanced and highly precise delivery options available at Moffitt, including:
Brachytherapy (internal radiation therapy)
Intensity-modulation radiation therapy
In addition to state-of-the-art equipment, Moffitt has highly skilled and experienced radiation oncologists who specialize in delivering the highest possible radiation dosages while minimizing exposure to surrounding healthy tissues and organs. These experts work closely with each patient, as well as the other members of our tumor board, to make sure each patient obtains the maximum benefits from his or her radiation treatment plan.
If you’d like to learn more about small intestine cancer radiation therapy, the experts at Moffitt can explain your options or provide a second opinion. Call 1-888-663-3488 or complete a new patient registration form online.