Small Intestine Cancer Program

  • The small intestine (also called the small bowel) is the long, folded tube in the abdomen between the stomach and the large intestine.
  • The small intestine is part of the digestive system and helps break down food from the stomach and absorb nutrients.
  • The three main sections of the small intestine are the duodenum (connected to the stomach), jejunum, and ileum (connected to the colon, part of the large intestine).
  • Small intestine cancer is less common than other types of cancer.

Therefore, if you have small intestine cancer, you want the most comprehensive care and expertise available:

  • A team of experts with experience caring for patients with small intestine cancer
  • Follow-up care and emotional support you may need for "life after cancer"
  • The latest technologies and advanced screening techniques to detect and diagnose small intestine cancer
  • Treatments and therapies tailored just for you

Comprehensive Care With You in Mind

Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only institution in Iowa and one of only 45 nationwide to be designated a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Of the approximately 1,500 cancer centers and programs in the United States, NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers are rated in the top 4 percent nationally.

Our medical teams have met strict guidelines in clinical, laboratory, and population-based research.

Our doctors, nurses, and staff are among the nation’s leaders in cancer research, education, prevention, and outreach. Our experience and expertise guides the cancer care we provide to patients like you.

Why Choose Holden for Your Care?

Patients of Holden Cancer Center benefit from a team-based approach that puts each patient at the center. At Holden, experts in specific cancer types—including a genetic counselor certified and specializing in cancer genetic counseling—is part of this team.

Holden patients also benefit from medical advances that take into account an individual’s tumor, genes, environment, and lifestyle to diagnose and treat their specific types of cancer. Known as personalized, or precision medicine, this highly specialized approach is part of Holden’s commitment to providing life-changing medical treatments and care.

What Sets Us Apart

  • Among the nation’s best. Holden Cancer Center is a National Institutes of Health-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of only 45 such centers nationwide.
  • Multidisciplinary team approach, targeted treatments. Our small intestine cancer experts work together to offer advanced treatments and therapies tailored for you. Treatment plans may include:
    • Surgery
    • Chemotherapy
    • Radiation therapy
    • Immunotherapy
    • Experts in small intestine cancer. Our fellowship-trained medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, gastroenterologists, and surgical oncologists have experience diagnosing and treating small intestine cancer. Their expertise means better care for patients like you.
  • Clinical pharmacist expertise. Our clinical pharmacists specialize in chemotherapy and provide personalized counseling related to your treatment.
  • Coordinated care, personal attention. Our multidisciplinary care team includes nurses who will help coordinate all aspects of your care. We also offer a range of counseling services, support groups, and more for you and your family.

The Power of Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies that test new treatments not yet available to the public. These new treatments have the potential to improve your quality of life or increase your chances of survival.

Many of our patients have the opportunity to participate in clinical trials led by Holden Cancer Center doctors or in collaboration with other cancer centers nationwide or the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

Support Our Mission

Our work is made possible in part by the support of donors through charitable giving. Friends of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center can become partners in our efforts to control and ultimately cure cancer. Learn how you can help us make a difference for cancer patients.

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Care Team

We bring together experts from different areas of medicine to work together in a multidisciplinary oncology group focused on a specific cancer type, such as small intestine cancer.

This team of specialists—surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, gastroenterologists, pathologists, pharmacists, genetics counselors, nurses, and others—work together to design a treatment plan tailored to your cancer and specific treatment needs.