Although small intestine cancer is relatively rare in United States, it can be challenging to diagnose and treat. Thus, early detection and prompt medical care is crucial for optimal outcomes with minimal side effects.
City of Hope has one of the most experienced small intestine cancer programs in the United States, with a multidisciplinary team that takes an integrated approach to detecting and treating cancer of the small intestine. This includes using advanced technologies and specialized techniques such as:
minimally-invasive, robotically-assisted techniques
for complex surgeries that can remove tumors with less discomfort, reduced risk of complications and shorter recovery times
highly precise radiation therapy
that can target hard-to-resect tumors with minimal exposure to surrounding normal tissue
targeted drugs and drug combinations that can treat advanced small intestine cancer with greater effectiveness and fewer side effects, compared to traditional chemotherapy
combination regimens integrating surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and immunotherapy for maximum cancer-fighting effectiveness
Additionally, City of Hope patients have access to our extensive team of supportive care experts — including dieticians, supportive medicine physicians and rehabilitation specialists. Working closely with the patient’s primary care team, they can detect and address quality of life issues related to small intestine cancer and its treatments. This includes managing symptoms (such as pain, nausea and fatigue), adjusting to a new diet and lifestyle post-treatment (particularly if a large portion of the small intestine is removed) and being aware of possible long-term effects.
As one of a handful of institutes to attain the elite designation of Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is acknowledged as a leader in small intestine cancer research and treatment. With our decades of experience, specialized therapy protocols and extensive program of clinical trials, newly diagnosed or relapsed patients can find a treatment regimen that is tailored to their needs and gives them the best chance for survival. U.S. News & World Report also named City of Hope as one of the top cancer hospitals in the country.
In collaboration with other departments and cancer centers, City of Hope’s small intestine cancer program has an active portfolio of clinical trials studying novel treatments, including trials of new surgery, radiation and drug therapy regimens that are more effective against the disease and/or less harmful to the patient. Many of these promising therapies are only available to patients being treated at City of Hope.