What’s new in small intestine adenocarcinoma research and treatment?
There is always research going on in the field of gastrointestinal (GI) cancer. Scientists look for the causes of these cancers, as well as ways to prevent, and treat GI cancers. Small intestine adenocarcinoma is studied less often than some of the other GI cancers because it is so rare. Still, some recent studies have looked at the best way to treat this cancer with chemotherapy. Other studies are looking to see if drugs known as targeted therapy drugs could be helpful. One drug being studied in small intestine cancer, bevacizumab (Avastin®), is already used to treat colon cancer.
Also, studies of patients with colon cancer other GI cancers may prove useful for people with small intestine adenocarcinoma. These studies involve early detection, drug treatment, surgical methods, and understanding the cause of these cancers.
Most small intestine cancers look very similar to colon cancers under a microscope, but detailed studies of the chromosomes and DNA in their cancer cells have found some differences. Researchers hope that these results, as well as other research into the molecular changes in small intestine adenocarcinomas will eventually lead to more effective treatments.
Last Medical Review: 04/30/2014
Last Revised: 02/09/2016