What are the symptoms of a tumor in the small intestine?
Some of the more common symptoms of small intestine cancer are:
- Pain in the belly (abdomen)
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Weight loss (without trying)
- Weakness and feeling tired (fatigue)
- Dark-colored stools (from bleeding into the intestine)
- Low red blood cell counts (anemia)
- Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
How do you detect intestinal tumors?
Biopsy. Procedures such as endoscopy and imaging tests can find areas that look like cancer, but the only way to know for certain is to do a biopsy. In a biopsy, a piece of the abnormal area is removed and looked at under a microscope. There are different ways to take biopsy samples of an intestinal tumor.
How do I know if something is wrong with my intestines?
Symptoms of bowel problems include abdominal pain and spasms, gas, bloating, inability to defecate or pass gas, rectal bleeding, loose and watery stools, constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, and weight loss.
How do they remove a tumor from the intestine?
A colectomy is surgery to remove all or part of the colon. Nearby lymph nodes are also removed. If only part of the colon is removed, it’s called a hemicolectomy, partial colectomy, or segmental resection. The surgeon takes out the part of the colon with the cancer and a small segment of normal colon on either side.
What can cause a mass in the intestines?
Abdominal masses can be the result of a number of factors, including an injury, cyst, benign tumor, cancer, or other disease.
Cancers that often cause abdominal masses include:
- colon cancer.
- kidney cancer.
- liver cancer.
- stomach cancer.
What percentage of small intestine tumors are malignant?
Malignant tumors of the small bowel are unusual and account for only 1% to 5% of all gastrointestinal tract malignancies.
Can a mass in your colon be benign?
Virtually all colon and rectal cancers begin as benign polyps. Detection and removal of these polyps will prevent cancer from forming, so it is of vital importance that everyone, beginning at age 50, has periodic screening via colonoscopy or other similar techniques.