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The side effects of small intestine cancer treatment can vary widely from patient to patient – even among those who receive the same therapy. Your own experience will be influenced by a number of factors, including the type of treatment you receive, such as surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy, as well as the extent and frequency of each treatment, your age and your general health.

Before you begin treatment, be sure to ask your health care team about any potential side effects. Try to learn all you can about the steps you can take, as well as the supportive care options that are available, to help you manage any discomfort that you experience either during or after your treatment. Throughout this process, commit to keeping your health care team well informed about how you feel and any changes you experience so that they can help you feel as comfortable as possible.

Common side effects of cancer treatment

Because every patient’s experience is unique, your treatment team is your best source for learning what you can expect during small intestine cancer treatment. However, for basic informational purposes, here are some of the most common side effects of cancer treatment:

  • Anemia
  • Appetite loss
  • Bleeding and bruising
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Fertility Issues
  • Hair loss
  • Lymphedema
  • Memory or concentration problems
  • Mouth sores
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Nerve issues (peripheral neuropathy)
  • Pain
  • Skin and nail changes
  • Sleep problems
  • Urinary problems

At Moffitt Cancer Center, we understand that an important part of cancer treatment is managing any side effects. To promote the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of our patients, the supportive care specialists in our Gastrointestinal Oncology Program offer a number of services designed to address a full range of needs that may arise during cancer treatment and beyond.

If you’d like to learn more about small intestine cancer treatment at Moffitt, you can contact us by calling 1-888-663-3488 or completing our new patient registration form online. No referrals are necessary.