Cancer of the Small Intestine

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Comment from: Sarah , 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 12

My mum-in-law has just been told she has cancer cells in her large and small intestine, and that is the only place they have shown up in a PET scan. This has been going on for 8 weeks now, she can’t eat, she’s down to 6 stone, and still nothing is getting done. They told her this over phone Monday and she is not seeing anyone till next Friday! She just looks like she’s dying from starvation. I am worried she’s just going to die.

Comment from: Trudy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 18

For several months I had severe pains in my upper abdominal area and when the pain came I would vomit. I went to my general physician, he sent me for an ultra-scan and nothing showed up. He said it was indigestion. I was taken to hospital 7 times and told it was indigestion, the 8th time I was taken to hospital and a junior doctor sent me for a normal x-ray. I was then rushed to the theatre for an operation because my small bowel had twisted and they found a small tumor which was removed, also a lot of my lymph nodes were removed. I now have lymphoma stage 1. I was told that in the beginning had I had a normal x-ray things could have been different. I was also told that if I hadn’t gone to the hospital that day I would have probably died within a day or so as the tumor was blocking my bowel and stopping the blood supply. I lost a lot of faith in the doctors as I kept getting sent home.

Comment from: ginpene, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 13

I have had nausea, abdominal bloating and slow but constant weight loss for 4 years. Despite a workup and 2 obstructions I had no diagnosis until this June after 5 more obstructions this year alone. An enlarged node was noted during an endoscopy and ultra-scan. An upper gastrointestinal test with small bowel follow through was benign, like every other imaging done this year. The PET scan finally showed a focused uptake in the jejunum last week. Oncologist thinks the cancer is a slow growing malignancy and plans to remove it next week. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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