Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Chemotherapy for intestinal cancer


Chemotherapy for intestinal cancer

Chemotherapy for small intestine cancer may be given to treat:

  • Cancer that has spread (metastasized) to other areas of the body
  • Cancer cells too small to be detected that remain in the abdomen after surgery

Chemotherapy drugs used to treat small intestine cancer include:

  • Capecitabine
  • Fluorouracil (5-FU)
  • Oxaliplatin
  • Irinotecan

We understand the potential side effects of chemotherapy are unpleasant and may include nausea, vomiting, hair loss and mouth sores. Your care team may recommend multiple measures to help reduce or moderate chemotherapy-related symptoms.

Prior to receiving chemotherapy for intestinal cancer, you may receive pre-medications to help make symptoms more tolerable.

During chemotherapy, your care team is available to provide supportive care services to ease side effects. For example, our naturopathic clinicians may suggest supplements to reduce nausea. Also, a mind-body therapist may recommend mind-body techniques to help you relax and feel less anxious during your intestinal cancer chemotherapy treatment