Our Approach to Treating Small Intestine Cancer
Small intestine cancer affects the longest section of the gastrointestinal tract. This portion of the digestive system is responsible for extracting nutrients from the food and drink we consume to help the body absorb them. Cancers of the small intestine can form in the wall lining, the smooth muscle cells or other tissues that either compose the intestine itself or are part of glands in the small intestine.
Statistically, small intestine cancer is rare. Individuals with Crohn’s disease, celiac disease or a family history of familial adenomatous polyposis have an increased risk of developing small intestine cancer.
In Moffitt Cancer Center’s Gastrointestinal Oncology Program, patient care, research and education are paramount. We provide our patients with the most promising treatments available, and our designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute recognizes that we are at the forefront of cancer research, which means we can offer advanced therapies that are not yet available at other cancer centers. We are the only cancer center based in Florida to have received this prestigious designation – a result of our commitment to extensive research efforts and our robust clinical trials program.
Our multispecialty gastrointestinal oncology team includes:
- Radiation oncologists
- Medical oncologists
- Endoscopy specialists
- Supportive care specialists
These experts offer a comprehensive program of diagnosis, treatment, research and supportive care. Every case is reviewed weekly, as the tumor board comes together to discuss the patient’s progress. They address every patient’s health care needs and concerns by collaborating, planning and carrying out an individualized treatment plan.
A patient does not need a referral to consult with Moffitt’s oncologists specializing in small intestine cancer. If you have questions, call 1-888-MOFFITT or fill out our new patient registration form.