Treatment of duodenal cancer abroad

Duodenal cancer is a rare severe malignant oncologic disease peculiar with an unfavourable prognosis.  This illness has only 2% among all the gastrointestinal tract cancer types.


Duodenal cancer is usually diagnosed in elderly people and it is hardly affects people under 50 years of age. 


Causes of duodenal cancer

Exact reasons for duodenal cancer remain unknown at the moment. However, doctors have information regarding the external and internal factors that increase the probability of the disease.


Risk factors of duodenal cancer are:

  • Male sex
  • Age of about 60 years old
  • A diet low in plant foods
  • Heredity
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol addiction


Duodenal cancer symptoms


Symptoms of duodenal cancer 

Possible locations of the duodenal cancer are:

  • Suprapapillary cancer (above the pharyngeal papilla) occurs in 15% of patients
  • Infragapillary cancer (below the pharyngeal papilla) is observed relatively seldom in 10% of patients
  • The descending area of the duodenum is the most frequent location of this malignant tumour. 75% of patients suffer from a tumour in this location


Duodenal cancer symptoms are predetermined by several nootropic mechanisms:

  • Obturation means the tumour compresses the surrounding tissues, including bile ducts. Mechanical jaundice develops and manifests itself by yellow skin and discoloured faeces. The liver is enlarged in size. Skin can get itchy. 
  • Pain is associated to the tumour pressure and its infiltration (germination) into the nerves of various organs. Tumour germination into the pancreas, which is in close anatomical connection with the duodenum, causes the most intense pain.
  • Stenosis is more characteristic for the lower location of cancer. When the tumour completely closes the lumen of the duodenum, vomiting occurs immediately after eating, sometimes with an admixture of bile or rarely with the blood. Progressive weight loss in the background of nutritional deficiency is also possible here.
  • Intoxication goes together with almost all the malformations. It is clinically manifested by the increased body temperature, progressive weight loss, even against a background of full nutrition, asthenic condition.


Duodenal cancer diagnostics


Diagnostics of duodenal cancer

Duodenal cancer is often diagnosed at its latter stages when a tumour is already large. Patients normally come to the doctor when a malformation obstructs the intestine lumen or bile ducts. 


The symptoms are unspecific, and therefor you can’t really suspect the cancer according to the symptoms. Hence instrumental diagnostics techniques is required so that the proper duodenal cancer treatment is administered. 


The tumour can be detected by means of radiography, but further you will need the differential diagnostics with the cancer of another location with the help of fibrogastroduodenoscopy.  A special tube with the camera is inserted into the duodenum to search its cavity. Again, biopsy can be done at the same time for further histological tests of a sample tissue which helps to confirm a diagnosis. 


A CT evaluates the prevalence of the pathological process. This is an X-ray method of investigation, which obtains a layered image of the abdominal cavity structures. CT is carried out with a contrast agent to detect duodenal cancer.


Duodenal cancer treatment abroad


Duodenal cancer treatment abroad

Surgery is the key to treating duodenal cancer. The extent of the intervention depends on the stage of the pathologic process and tumour location. Small sized tumours size can be  removed via endoscopy when surgical instruments are inserted through a tube put into the duodenum. 


In most cases, an open or laparoscopic operation is performed (with the penetration of the video endoscope and surgical instruments through small incisions into the abdominal cavity), aimed at  the removal of:

  • Duodenum fragment
  • Duodenum completely
  • Regional lymph nodes
  • The pancreas head, the site of the small intestine, stomach, liver


Chemotherapy is used both as a part of comprehensive therapy in addition to the surgery and without surgery, if cancer is unresectable. Medicines can be prescribed before the surgery to reduce the tumour size and after to reduce the risk of the recurrence and prolong the remission period. 


New directions of drug therapy are being developed. Research aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of Bevacizumab shows promising results. Bevacizumab blocks the formation of new vessels that feed the tumour. The inhibitor is already being used for colon cancer treatment. This medicine will help to prolong life of the patients suffering from duodenal cancer as well. 


Duodenal cancer prognosis


Prognosis for the duodenal cancer

Prognosis is generally unfavourable for duodenal cancer. Mortality remains on a high level even if a tumour was detected early. This is associated to the early metastasis of the tumour and its infiltration into the surrounding tissues. Duodenum is located in the tight anatomical position with the other areas of the small intestine, pancreas, liver, stomach, bile ducts. As a consequence, cancer spreads quickly affecting all the healthy organs of the abdominal cavity. 


5-year-survival statistics, depending on the cancer stage is:

  • Stage 1 – 55%
  • Stage 2 – 45%
  • Stage 3 – 25%
  • Stage 4 – 5%


The statistics can be improved on condition of the treatment in the advanced European medical centres where the latest achievements in oncology is used. 



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