The small bowel makes up three quarters of the digestive system, but cancers in this area are rare. Around 1,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with small bowel cancer each year.
We hope this information answers some of your questions. If you have any further questions, you can ask your doctor or nurse at the hospital where you are having your treatment.
The small bowel
The small bowel is part of the digestive system. It extends between the stomach and the large bowel (colon). The small bowel is divided into three main parts:
• the duodenum
• the jejunum
• the ileum.
The small bowel is around five metres (16 feet) long. It folds many times to fit inside your tummy (abdomen). It breaks down food, which allows vitamins, minerals and nutrients to be absorbed into your body.