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What is the definition or description of: carcinoid?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 65 years experience
Neuroendocrine tumor: Carcinoid refers to neuroendocrine tumors originating in gastrointestinal (GI) tract, lungs and appendix. They are usually indolent developing over many years. Aggressive, fast-growing forms such SCLC known as Oat Cell Ca of lung represents neuroendocrine carcinoma that exhibits rapid growth and early spread to distant sites. They are sensitive to chemo and RT,

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