Small Bowel Cancer
The small bowel
The small bowel (small intestine) is a long tube that absorbs nutrients from food and carries food between your stomach and large bowel (colon).
The small bowel has three parts:
- duodenum – the first section of the small bowel; receives broken-down food from the stomach
- jejunum – the middle section of the small bowel
- ileum – the final and longest section of the small bowel; transfers waste matter to the large bowel.
This information is reviewed by
This information was last reviewed February 2021 by the following expert content reviewers: Prof David Goldstein, Medical Oncologist, Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, NSW; Craig Lynch, Colorectal Surgeon, Sydney Adventist Hospital, Sydney; Caitriona Nienaber, 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council WA; Wayne Reynolds, Consumer; Dr Stephen Thompson, Radiation Oncologist, Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, NSW.