What is small bowel cancer?

The small bowel makes up most of the digestive system and helps your body to digest food and take in vitamins. Cancer that starts here is called small bowel cancer.

Symptoms and diagnosing small bowel cancer

Some of the symptoms of small bowel cancer can include a pain or lump in your tummy (abdomen), weight loss, tiredness or dark black poo. Blood tests and scans can help to diagnose small bowel cancer. 

Treatment for small bowel cancer

Small bowel adenocarcinoma is the most common type of small bowel cancer. Treatment can include surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. 

Last reviewed: 
31 Mar 2022
Next review due: 
30 Apr 2025