Small Bowel Cancer


The small bowel is more commonly known as the small intestine, whose primary purpose is the digestion of food and absorption of nutrients, providing energy for the body. Small bowel cancer is organized into 5 categories: Adenocarcinoma, GISTs, sarcoma, NETs, and lymphoma. Adenocarcinoma is the most regularly occurring type of small bowel cancer and originates from gland cells. Small bowel cancer is most often diagnosed in older aged individuals and results in roughly 1,600 deaths each year out of an estimated 10,600 cases in the United States.