Despite its name, the small bowel (small intestine) is 15 to 20 feet long. It is coiled into loops to fit inside the abdomen. The small bowel's function is to break down and absorb food, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.
Unlike cancer of the colon (large intestine), small bowel cancer is rare. Major types of small bowel cancer include adenocarcinomas (ad-uh-no-kahr-si-NO-muhs), carcinoid tumors, sarcomas (including gastrointestinal stromal tumors) and lymphomas.
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked high performing for cancer by U.S. News & World Report.
A diagnosis of cancer can be devastating. For Robert Hoopes, a facilities manager from Glendale, Ariz., the diagnosis hit home – twice. In 2006, Kara, his wife of more than three decades, discovered that she had advanced colon cancer. After ...