Definition: Small bowel cancer is an uncommon type of cancer that occurs in the small intestine. Your small intestine, which is also called the small bowel, is a long tube that carries digested food between your stomach and your large intestine (colon).
Symptoms: Blood in the stool (feces), Dark/black stools, Diarrhea, A lump in the abdomen, Pain or cramps in the abdomen, Unexplained weight loss, Episodes of abdominal pain that may be accompanied by severe nausea or vomiting.
Statistics: When one thinks of cancer of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, one's first thoughts go to cancers of the large intestine and stomach, rather than the small intestine, despite the fact that the small intestine contains 75% of the length of the alimentary tract, with 90% of its surface mucosal area. There are approximately 4800 new cases of small bowel cancer each year in the U.S., with 1200 deaths.