Small Bowel Cancer: Latest Research

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 08/2018

ON THIS PAGE: You will read about the scientific research being done now to learn more about this type of cancer and how to treat it. Use the menu to see other pages.

Doctors are working to learn more about small bowel cancer, ways to prevent it, how to best treat it, and how to provide the best care to people diagnosed with this disease. The following areas of research may include new options for patients through clinical trials. Always talk with your doctor about the best diagnostic and treatment options for you.

Because small bowel cancer is uncommon, small bowel cancer-specific clinical trials may be hard to find. Some clinical trials on the diagnosis, treatment, and causes of colorectal cancer may be open to people with small bowel adenocarcinoma.

Areas of current research include:

  • Radiosensitizers. Researchers are investigating the use of radiosensitizers in the treatment of small bowel cancer. Radiosensitizers are drugs that make tumor cells more susceptible to radiation therapy, making radiation therapy more effective.

  • Immunotherapy. As explained under Types of Treatments, immunotherapy is being actively investigated for its best uses in treating small bowel cancer.

  • Palliative care. Clinical trials are underway to find better ways of reducing symptoms and side effects of current small bowel cancer treatments to improve patients’ comfort and quality of life. 

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