Cancers in the small bowel are rare. Around 1,500 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 is between the stomach and the large bowel (colon). The small bowel is around 5 metres long. It folds many times to fit inside the tummy (abdomen). It breaks down food. This allows vitamins, minerals and nutrients to be absorbed into the body.
The small bowel is divided into three main parts:
- the duodenum – the top section that is joined to the stomach
- the jejunum – the middle section
- the ileum – the lower section that is joined to the large bowel.
Around half of all small bowel cancers start in the duodenum.