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What are the Symptoms of Small Intestine Cancer?

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Small intestine cancer is a serious problem which has several symptoms, including nausea, bloating, and loss of appetite. Small intestine cancer often produces symptoms similar to many other conditions as well. Once the small intestine cancer progresses, it can have more serious symptoms such as loss of blood, fatigue, and weight loss. If the symptoms of this condition are noticed, an individual should seek medical attention quickly.

The small intestine plays a vital role in the digestive process in the human body. When cancer affects it, it can have devastating repercussions on the rest of the body. When cancer sets in, a number of symptoms can usually be spotted.

One of the most common symptoms of small intestine cancer is nausea. Many individuals who suffer from this condition notice that their stomach is upset frequently. This can lead to diarrhea and indigestion in many cases.

In other cases, the individual suffers from frequent bloating. This means the individual feels bloated around the midsection as if he or she has gas. In many cases, the bloating will come and go frequently.

In addition to having an upset stomach, the individual may also suffer from a loss of appetite. In certain cases, the individual does not feel like eating at all. He or she may occasionally skip a meal or could completely lose his or her appetite.

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At this stage, the symptoms are very similar to many other conditions. This leads many individuals to postpone seeking medical attention. When the symptoms become more severe, it is easier to diagnose the condition and the individual should definitely seek medical attention.

One of the more common serious symptoms of this condition is a loss of blood. The blood could come out through vomiting or it could be in the stool. Many times, it will surface as a black stool produced by the individual.

Another common symptom of small intestine cancer is fatigue. When fatigue starts to set in, the condition has advanced to a certain degree. The individual may not feel like doing anything for several days at a time. Even if the individual was previously energetic, he or she will feel drained most of the time.

In some cases, the individual who is suffering from small intestine cancer will also experience weight loss. Many people will look at this as a benefit and will not seek medical attention because of it. Even though it may not seem dangerous, this can point to a serious medical condition.

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Animandel
Post 3

@mobilian33 - You should definitely be getting regular checkups to make sure that cancer is not in your body. The good news is that cancer of the small intestines can be treated with a high rate of success when it is caught early enough. Also, you shouldn't feel like you have been singled out because of your family history. The fact is that anyone can get cancer regardless of family history.

There are so many factors that cause cancer that it is impossible to protect against them all. And the truth is that there is still so much we don't understand about why people get cancer.

mobilian33
Post 2

There is a history of intestinal cancer in my family. There is a considerable list of family members who have had the disease. Some fared better than others.This is not a subject I gave much thought to when I was young. My way of thinking was that everyone had to die from something, so there was no need to worry about my family history.

Now that I am older and getting close to the age where many of my relatives developed cancer it scare me a little. I definitely think about getting cancer more now than I used to.

Drentel
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My father had cancer of the large intestines. His cancer was caught relatively early because he went to the doctor every three months for regular checkups. When they discovered he had cancer he hadn't noticed any symptoms of the cancer. He was still feeling well and doing anything we wanted to do, including cutting his lawn with a push lawnmower, and he had a large lawn.

He had surgery and a small part of his colon was removed. It took a couple of days for gravity to go to work and get his intestines functioning the right way, but once this happened he was able to go home and resume is normal life after a couple of weeks.

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