Small intestine
cancer

You are here: 

If small intestine cancer spreads

Cancer cells have the potential to spread from the small intestine to other parts of the body where they can grow into new tumours. This process is called metastasis. The tumours are also called metastasis (singular) or metastases (plural). Metastases are also called secondary tumours.

Understanding the usual progression of cancer helps the doctor to predict its probable course, plan treatment and anticipate further care.

The most common sites where small intestine cancer spreads are:

  • through the layers of the small intestine wall
  • nearby tissues and structures, such as
    • other parts of the intestine
    • abdominal wall and structures in the abdominal cavity, including the mesentery and peritoneum
  • nearby lymph nodes
  • liver
  • pancreas
  • lung
  • bone

Stories

Dr Shana Kelley An ultrasensitive blood test for cancer

Read more

Access to services in your community

Illustration of houses side-by-side

The Canadian Cancer Society’s Community Services Locator helps cancer patients and their families find the services and programs they need in their community.

Learn more