At City of Hope, our approach to treating small intestine cancer starts with personalized care — not just for your cancer, but the kind that makes you feel supported throughout your treatment. Our world-class team combines a multidisciplinary team approach with the newest, leading-edge genetic screening to provide you with the most accurate diagnosis and treatment path.
City of Hope is one of only a few cancer centers in the country that provides comprehensive care. That means you have a team that is working together at all stages of your treatment to combine innovative, genetically targeted therapies with leading-edge surgical techniques — all with the goal of making you whole again.
Getting treated for small intestine cancer at City of Hope gives you access to exceptional, coordinated care and makes you the focus of a team of world class doctors and scientists. Being a leading cancer center means we see these cases more often — so we have deep experience with finding the newest and most individualized treatments.
City of Hope is a recognized leader in small intestine cancer research and treatment. We are designated a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute, and for over a decade, U.S. News & World Report has named City of Hope one of the top cancer hospitals in America.
Small intestine cancers are rare. About 10,000 people will get this type of cancer in the United States this year, according to the American Cancer Society.
Getting small intestine cancer means abnormal cells in that section of your gastrointestinal tract are growing and dividing at a rapid pace — so fast that cells in your immune system that fight disease cannot keep up. There are five types of small intestine cancer that differ depending on the type of cell affected including:
Things that put you at higher risk for getting small intestine cancer are called risk factors. Your risk of getting small intestine cancer depends on a complex interaction between lifestyle factors and your inherited risks — in other words, the ones you’re born with.
Risk factors for small intestine cancer include:
If your family history suggests an increased risk of this type of cancer, City of Hope’s Division of Clinical Cancer Genetics offers genetic counseling and screening that can identify whether inherited conditions influence your risk — and guide you to the best treatments.
The first symptoms related to small intestine cancer tends to be abdominal pain, which can worsen as the tumor grows larger. Typical small intestine cancer symptoms include:
These symptoms could also be a result of other conditions. Still, if you have any of these problems for more than two weeks, it’s important to see your doctor right away to pinpoint and treat the cause.
City of Hope’s team of internationally trained specialists use their clinical expertise and leading-edge technology to provide you with the most accurate diagnosis — and the most effective treatment.
At City of Hope, we offer several screening methods for small intestine cancer including:
Small intestine cancer is quite rare, making it even more important to find a team that has seen this type of cancer — and is acquainted with the best and most individualized treatments.
At City of Hope the center of our approach to your cancer is precision medicine. That means every aspect of your care is tailored to the behavior of your specific cancer. And it means we apply precise and minimally invasive surgical techniques — and test individual cancer cells to find drug combinations that would work best for your specific case.
Surgery is a common treatment for small intestine cancer and, in advanced cases, your care team will discuss a plan that may involve a combination of treatments including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.
Chemotherapy or radiation may be given before surgery to shrink the tumor; and after surgery to try and wipe out any remaining cancer cells.
At City of Hope, we offer access to drug, surgical and other clinical trials aimed at improving survival rates and enhancing quality of life. In addition to these clinical trials, City of Hope has several others that will open soon that look at new therapies for patients with specific mutations and will explore new immunotherapy approaches — which are ways of helping the patient’s own immune system fight cancer.
City of Hope is one of the few centers in the country that treats small intestine cancer using a comprehensive, team-based approach by a team whose only focus is treating this type of cancer. Your care includes regular interaction and input from a team of surgeons, oncologists, gastroenterologists, radiologists and pathologists — along with nurses, genetic counselors, nutritionists and specially trained support staff.
That comprehensive approach to your care means better care and a strong potential for you to live longer. And your supportive care continues long after treatment is complete. Our specialists will help you adjust to post-treatment diet and lifestyle changes, and our unique family and survivorship programs will assist your loved ones.
City of Hope’s renowned physicians and researchers use the latest in technology and innovation to treat cancer, coupled with an enduring belief in providing unparalleled compassionate care. If you have been diagnosed with small intestine cancer or are looking for a second opinion consultation about your treatment, request an appointment online or contact us at 800-826-HOPE. Please visit Making Your First Appointment for more information.
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Clinical trials – research studies that involve volunteer patients – are a crucial component to developing new, more effective treatments that save lives. Many of today’s standard therapies are based on the results of previous trials, some of which were initiated at City of Hope.
Getting treated for small intestine cancer at City of Hope means you are steps away from labs where new treatments are being developed every day. That proximity means you will benefit from something unique in cancer care — “bench to bedside” treatment. Bench to bedside means exciting new research we are conducting in our labs is moved quickly to the bedside to treat our patients.
Browse through some of our clinical trials and research projects here or click the link above.
When you come to City of Hope, you have access to a strong network of support services and staff to help you and your family along your cancer journey. That support includes everything from talk therapy to meditation to being paired up with a patient navigator. Learn more about the resources listed below at our Living with Cancer or Supportive Care Medicine sites.
Once treatment is complete, City of Hope’s support services include education and training from nurses who provide specialty care for patients with wounds resulting from intestinal surgery.
It takes the help of a lot of caring people to make hope a reality for our patients. City of Hope was founded by individuals' philanthropic efforts more than 100 years ago. Their efforts — and those of our supporters today — have built the foundation for the care we provide and the research we conduct.