Small Bowel Tumors Treated by Mercy’s Expert Cancer Surgeons

Surgical Oncology at Mercy - Baltimore

Small bowel cancer, or small intestine tumors, is a complex cancer that can often be treated successfully when detected early. The skilled cancer surgeons of our Surgical Oncology Center are experts in treating treat small bowel tumors. The Cancer Doctors at Mercy in Baltimore, a team of multidisciplinary doctors, work with our surgeons to create personalized treatment plans for each patient. 

About the Condition

Tumors in the small bowel, or small intestine, are an uncommon type of cancer. The small intestine is a long, approximately 15 feet, tube connecting your large intestine to your stomach.

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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

Many symptoms or signs of small intestine cancer are similar to those of other GI or digestive conditions. Consult your doctor if any of your symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Abdominal lumps
  • Blood in your stool

Small bowel tumors are difficult to diagnose because the middle portion of the gastrointestinal tract is not easily accessible to conventional tests. Tests may include:

Another newer technology used to discover small bowel tumors is a capsule endoscopy. A specially sealed capsule, the size of a large vitamin, is swallowed and transmits pictures of the gastrointestinal tract as it travels through the system.

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Treatment Options

Treatment options for small bowel tumors may include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or clinical trials. The type and stage of your small bowel cancer will help our doctors determine your optimal treatment plan.

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Dr. Vadim Gushchin is Director of The Melanoma and Skin Cancer Center at Mercy as well as Director of Gastrointestinal Oncology. He is a skilled cancer surgeon offering expertise in gastrointestinal malignancies as well as advanced treatment options including HIPEC and robotic surgery.

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