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what's the safest way to treat carcinoid tumors?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Location? extent?: Tumors of neuroendocrine origin; can be hard to localize; can be in appendix, rectum, bowel, stomach/duodenum, ovaries, bronchi (breathing tubes), elsewhere. "low" malignant potential, but can be aggressive, spread; can cause abd pain, ;"syndrome" with flushing, wheezing, murmurs, etc. Small ones can be cured by surgical removal; may need chemo, embolization, or octreotide rx for symptom control.
Dr. Gregory Ginn
Thoracic Surgery 36 years experience
Carcinoid: Carcinoid tumors can arise from many different organs. The best way to treat them is surgical excision if possible. There are medical treatments available for non-resectable tumors or metastatic tumors that are partially effective.
Dr. Mary Maluccio
Surgical Oncology 27 years experience
Surgical removal: Removal of all measureable disease has the greatest impact on survival. When the disease is located in several sites, control of symptoms becomes the next highest priority since uncontrolled symptoms can affect both quantity and quality of life. Local therapies to the liver are commonly used for patients with liver only or liver dominant spread.

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A 24-year-old member asked:

Are carcinoid tumors benign?

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Dr. Shelby Terstriep
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
No: Carcinoid tumors are not benign. They are typically (but not always) slower growing than other tumors. They can spread if not found and therefore should be removed.
A member asked:

Are the symptoms of carcinoid tumors bad?

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Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 27 years experience
Not always!: The most common place to have a carcinoid is the appendix. When the tumor is there, and most of the other common locations which are in the intestinal tract, you don't feel anything because the liver removes the hormones the tumors produce. Only when the tumors are large, outside the intestinal tract, or metastatic do the symptoms occur. They can get very bad then.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of carcinoid tumors I should be looking for?

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Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 24 years experience
Carcinoid tumor: Carcinoid tumors can be found in several places in the intestines. They do not cause symptoms unless the liver is affected. Carcinoid syndrome can be associated with flushing, increase in blood pressure, irregular heart beat, etc. If a carcinoid is located with a bowel lumen it can cause blockage. Carcinoids can spread directly to other areas. Usually not by blood stream.
Dr. Mary Maluccio
Surgical Oncology 27 years experience
carcinoid is one variant of neuroendocrine cancer that has particular symptoms, elevated levels of serotonin, and a more indolent biology most of the time.
Sep 30, 2013
A 30-year-old member asked:

What is carcinoid, and what symptoms does it give you?

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Hematology and Oncology 37 years experience
Carcinoid: It is a tumor, frequently arising in the intestine and may metastasize to the abdominal cavity, liver and lungs. It's associated with carcinoid syndrome-flushing, redness, and diarrhea. In very early stages, carcinoid can be cured with surgery. However, it frequently recurs.. Medications can help with carcinoid syndrome symptoms.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What are carcinoid tumors / syndrome?

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Dr. Jason Sample
General Surgery 24 years experience
Neuroendocrine tumor: It is a relatively benign type of tumor that can secrete a variety of hormones, most notably serotonin. They are most commonly found in the gut or the lungs. They do not come from the lining of the lungs or the gut (as adenocarcinomata do). They come from a different line of cells. Carcinoid syndrome occurs when large amounts of serotonin get into the bloodstream, assoc with flushing and diarrhea.

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