Small Bowel Tumors
Although rare, a variety of tumors, both malignant (cancerous) and benign (non-cancerous), can grow in the small intestine.
The diagnosis of a small bowel tumor is often made late in the course of the disease. This is due to the rarity of these tumors as well as a lack of specific symptoms. Many patients complain of:
- Abdominal pain
- Bleeding from the gastrointestinal tract
- Nausea and vomiting
- Weight loss
Because these symptoms are so general and small intestinal tumors so rare, early diagnosis requires your doctor to suspect and test specifically for the tumor.
Malignant, or cancerous, tumors include:
Noncancerous, or benign lesions, in the small intestine include:
Surgery for small bowel tumors
Most small bowel tumors will need surgical removal. Treatment is usually removal of the tumor, along with surrounding small intestine. The small intestine is then reconnected (like 2 ends of a hose).
If your tumor is cancerous, we will refer you to an oncologist or a cancer specialist. They will to determine if further treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy is necessary.