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What is the risk of having multifocal carcinoid tumors in stomach and duodenal type-1 and what is the latest news about available treatments?

What is the risk of having multifocal carcinoid tumors in stomach and duodenal type-1 and what is the latest news about available treatments?

REcurrence: Type i gastric carcinoids are the most common and usually do not metastasize. They require careful surveillance with endoscopic resection for the smaller lesions and antrectomy for multifocal and larger recurrences. Reduction of gastrin levels felt to be helpful. ...Read more

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Dr. Murthy Andavolu
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Carcinoid (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Are the symptoms of carcinoid tumors bad?

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. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the life expectancy ranges based on for carcinoid tumors?

Long yet variable: Carcinoid tumors are slow growing cancers which can exist in the body for 10-20+ years without causing a major threat to life. But this depends on where they are located and if they have spread to the liver or not. Liver spread does lead to increasing problems and some fatal outcomes, typically after 5 to 10+ years. It has a highly variable prognosis. ...Read more

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Can Abilify (aripiprazole) cause false negative test results when being tested for carcinoid tumors?

Apparently not: There are a variety of drugs that can affect the 5-hiaa test. Medications that can increase 5-hiaa include acetaminophen( in percocet) ephedrine, (ephedrine sulfate) diazepam (valium), nicotine, , and phenobarbital. Medications that can decrease 5-hiaa include aspirin, ethyl alcohol, imipramine, levodopa, heparin, isoniazid, methyldopa, and tca's. Labtestsonline.Org/understanding/analytes/5hiaa/tab/test best wishe. ...Read more

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Are carcinoid tumors benign?

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. ...Read more

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What are carcinoid tumors / syndrome?

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. ...Read more

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What are the tests for carcinoid tumors?

Biopsy: Confirmation of diagnosis is via a biopsy; other tests include blood tests (blood counts, chemistries, serotonin, chromogranin), urine tests (for 5hiaa) as well as ct scans and octreotide scans. ...Read more

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What's the safest way to treat carcinoid tumors?

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. ...Read more

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