Treatment for Small Bowel Tumors
Tumors in the small intestine or bowel are uncommon, but they do occur, both in benign and malignant forms. Many small bowel tumors go undetected if they do not cause an obstruction or become malignant. While tumors in the small intestines are rare, they can be deadly if they are malignant and spread to other organs in the body. Danny Shouhed, M.D. offers treatment for small bowel tumors at our medical center in Los Angeles.
Small Intestine Cancer Types and Symptoms
There is a wide variety of small bowel tumors, and most are benign; but there are five types of cancer that can occur in the small intestine. Adenocarcinoma is the most common, but others include sarcoma, carcinoid tumors, gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) and lymphoma. Risk factors can contribute to small bowel cancers, including those with a family history of the disease, as well as those with Crohn’s or celiac disease.
The symptoms of small bowel tumors are not unique and can be misdiagnosed as other gastrointestinal disorders. They include vomiting, unexplained weight loss, abdominal pain, blood in the stool, nausea and lumps in the abdomen.
The treatment for small bowel tumors depends greatly on the type and whether they are benign or malignant. Some small benign and asymptomatic tumors may not require treatment, but should be monitored for growth or malignancy. Other small bowel tumors that are malignant or causing symptoms will usually require surgery for removal and possibly treatment to stop the spread of cancer cells.
If you have symptoms that could be signs of small bowel tumors, seek medical attention. Contact our office in Los Angeles if you need treatment for small bowel tumors. Dr. Danny Shouhed is a board certified GI surgeon that can perform complex intestinal surgery on both benign and malignant small bowel tumors.