UI Hospitals and Clinics

Small Intestine Cancer Clinic

Cancer of the small intestine is diagnosed roughly 7,500 times a year. Most patients are over the age of 45 years old or older at time of diagnosis and the majority of patients are men. There are five main types of cancer that occur in the small intestine:

  • Adenocarcinoma
  • Carcinoid tumors
  • Gastrointestinal stromal tumors
  • Lymphomas
  • Sarcoma

Experts at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center understand stomach cancer and work as a team to design the best treatment plan. A typical team is made up of surgical, medical, and radiation oncologists, as well as gastroenterologists, social workers, dietitians, and nurses. Treatment plans may include:

  • Chemotherapy
    • Radiosensitizer drugs: make the tumor more sensitive to radiation therapy
  • Clinical trials
  • Immunotherapy (biological therapy) - works to boost, direct, or restore your body's natural defenses against disease
  • Radiation therapy - external or internal beam
  • Surgery
    • Removal of part of the small intestine
    • Bypass: small intestine is re-routed around the cancerous part so that food may continue to travel through the gastrointestinal tract

Care Team


Medical Oncologist

Surgical Oncologist