The small intestine (also called the small bowel) is the long, folded tube in the abdomen between the stomach and the large intestine. The small intestine is part of the digestive system and helps break down food from the stomach and absorb nutrients. The three main sections of the small intestine are the duodenum (connected to the stomach), jejunum, and ileum (connected to the colon, part of the large intestine).
Small intestine cancer is less common than other types of cancer. Therefore, if you have small intestine cancer, you want the most comprehensive care and expertise available:
Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only institution in Iowa—and one of only 45 nationwide—to be designated a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Of the approximately 1500 cancer centers and programs in the United States, NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers are rated in the top 4 percent nationally.
To be a "comprehensive" center means our medical teams have met strict guidelines in clinical, laboratory, and population-based research.
As members of an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, our doctors, nurses, and staff are among the nation’s leaders in cancer research, education, prevention, and outreach. Our experience—and our expertise—guides the cancer care we provide to patients like you.
Clinical trials are research studies that test new treatments not yet available to the public. These new treatments have the potential to improve your quality of life or increase your chances of survival.
Many of our patients have the opportunity to participate in clinical trials led by Holden Cancer Center doctors or in collaboration with other cancer centers nationwide or the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Our work is made possible in part by the support of donors through charitable giving. Friends of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center can become partners in our efforts to control—and ultimately cure—cancer. Learn how you can help us make a difference for cancer patients.
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We bring together experts from different areas of medicine to work together as a team called a multidisciplinary oncology group, focused on a specific cancer type, such as small intestine cancer.
This team of specialists—surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, gastroenterologists, pathologists, pharmacists, genetics counselors, nurses, and others—works together to design a treatment plan that is tailored to your cancer and your specific treatment needs.