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If small intestine cancer spreads

Cancer cells can spread from the small intestine to other parts of the body. This spread is called metastasis.

Understanding how a type of cancer usually grows and spreads helps your healthcare team plan your treatment and future care. If small intestine cancer spreads, it can spread to the following:

  • other loops of the small intestine
  • the tissue that supports the small intestine (called the mesentery)
  • the tissues that surround the organs in the abdomen (called the peritoneum)
  • nearby lymph nodes
  • the liver
  • the pancreas
  • the lungs
  • the bones

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Tyler Cook This research saved my life and my sister’s life. Without it, stomach cancer would have wiped out most of our family.

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Great progress has been made

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Some cancers, such as thyroid and testicular, have survival rates of over 90%. Other cancers, such as pancreatic, brain and esophageal, continue to have very low survival rates.

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