If small intestine cancer spreads
Cancer cells can spread from the small intestine to other parts of the body. This spread is called metastasis.
Understanding how a type of cancer usually grows and spreads helps your healthcare team plan your treatment and future care. If small intestine cancer spreads, it can spread to the following:
- other loops of the small intestine
- the tissue that supports the small intestine (called the mesentery)
- the tissues that surround the organs in the abdomen (called the peritoneum)
- nearby lymph nodes
- the liver
- the pancreas
- the lungs
- the bones
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