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Small bowel cancer - It is a rare form of cancer that occurs when cancer cells are found in the tissues of the small intestine. There are several types of bowel cancer, the most common is adenocarcinoma. Besides adenocarcinoma, other types of bowel cancer are sarcomas (tumors begin in the connective tissue or supporting), carcinoid, gastrointestinal stromal tumors and lymphomas (begins in immune system cells).
-Although bowel cancer is rare, it is important to be aware of potential signs and symptoms of the disease. Intestinal Cancer can make digesting food difficult and tumor bleeding and can cause black stools. Many of the symptoms associated with intestinal cancer can also result in other problems such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and peptic ulcer.
Symptoms of bowel cancer include:
Abdominal pain, cramping (ie, after food)
Unexplained weight loss
Feeling weak or tired
Nausea or vomiting
Bloody stool (seat can be red or black)
A lump in the abdomen
Loss of appetite
The most common forms of bowel cancer treatment includes surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Surgery is the oldest form of treatment that involves physically removing the cancer and, in many cases, and some tissues surrounding it. Radiation is often used in combination with other treatment options, or when surgical removal of the cancer is not possible. Radiation therapy involves the use of high-energy rays to kill or slow tumor growth. Like radiation, chemotherapy is often used in combination with other treatment options. Chemotherapy is a combination of chemicals used to kill or slow the growth of the tumor.