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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Qurrat-ul-ain Abid, M.D.[2]

Overview

Once a patient is diagnosed with intestinal cancer preventing its recurrence is very important. Life style modification such as limiting tobacco and alcohol use, moderate healthy diet and treatment of gastroenteritis may decrease the recurrence of small intestinal cancers. Scheduled follow-up exams and tests to detect polyps and cancerous lesions in other parts of GIT are important and may detect it recurrence.

Secondary Prevention

  • Effective measures for secondary prevention of small intestine cancer include:[1]
    • After surgical resection, follow up labs and imaging surveillance is necessary to pick other carcinomatous lesions in early phase.
    • After treatment of primary lesion, surgical removal of polyps in other areas of intestine may prevent recurrence of cancer.
    • Life style modification, such as limiting tobacco and alcohol use, moderate healthy diet and resection of polyps may decrease the recurrence of small intestinal cancers.
    • Regular followup to detect polyps is compulsory.

References

  1. "Living as a Small Intestine Cancer Survivor".

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