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How much metastasis does there need to be to cause carcinoid syndrome from midgut carcinoid tumors?

How much metastasis does there need to be to cause carcinoid syndrome from midgut carcinoid tumors?

How is the liver?: Typically patients do not develop carcinoid syndrome without having tumor metastases in the liver. So tell us about the results of your X-rays and scans of the chest, abdomen and your liver imaging studies. Then we can help you further. ...Read more

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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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How fast do can brain tumors develop serious symptoms?

How fast do can brain tumors develop serious symptoms?

Highly variable: Some are very slow like meningiomas in the elderly, some very rapid, such as secondary metastatic spread from a primary source. Tumors in children tend to be localized in the mid-line posterior, and can rapidly create havoc due to location. Primary brain gliomas can start off seemingly localized and benign but can transform into horrendous glioblastoma multiforme. ...Read more

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How are can you detect benign liver tumors?

How are can you detect benign liver tumors?

Biopsy: First you must know you have a liver tumor. This could be discovered by ultrasound, cat scan or mri. Some of these x-ray findings can diagnose benign tumors. Other liver tumors will need biopsy in order to prove whether or not they are benign or not. ...Read more

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Can malignant tumors that turn into metastasis kill you?

Can malignant tumors that turn into metastasis kill you?

Yes: Metaststic cancers in general no matter what cancer offers a poor prognosis. ...Read more

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How quickly do bran tumors develope serious symptoms?

How quickly do bran tumors develope serious symptoms?

Depends on location: Serious symptoms from a brain tumor depend upon the location in the brain and the rate of tumor growth. There are parts of the brain where a tumor can grow to a large size with few symptoms and others where a small tumor can cause profound symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you treat wilm's tumor?

Yes: Treatment efficacy has improved over the years. ...Read more

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Can antidepressants cause brain tumors? If so how can it be prevented?

Can antidepressants cause brain tumors? If so how can it be prevented?

Come again?: Your question is really WAY out there. I can't recall ever being asked that. I think some years ago there were studies that SUGGESTED that SSRIs MAY inhibit a metabolic pathway that THEORETICALLY could increase the risk, but they were on cell cultures, not on humans or even animals. Bupropion IS contraindicated to treat people WITH brain cancer. Maybe you heard that and got it backwards? ...Read more

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How do tumors develop from being benign to malignant?

How do tumors develop from being benign to malignant?

Additional oncogenes: Many tumors begin as benign, eventually transforming to malignancy. Small lipomas as they grow develop additional oncogene mutations to become liposarcomas. Adenomatous polyps that are benign can have Cmyc and p53 nutations leading to malignant polyps. Additionally telometrase activity has to be put in place for immortality probably thru EBV transfection. ...Read more

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How fast do brain tumors develope serious symptoms?

How fast do brain tumors develope serious symptoms?

Depends: Brain tumors can cause serious symptoms at any point in their course, and different brain tumors progress at different rates. ...Read more

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How often do ovarian tumors become cancerous?

How often do ovarian tumors become cancerous?

Clinicopath. correla: One of the most important clinical features is the age of the patient. Approximately one of eight ovarian tumors in patients less than 45 year of age is malignant; by contrast, in older women, the proportion is about one of three. The single most common ovarian tumor, the mature cystic teratoma, dermoid cyst-benign tumor, is encountered at all ages. Clinicopathologic correlation is important. ...Read more

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Can you tell me, are brain tumor symptoms more prominent?

Can you tell me, are brain tumor symptoms more prominent?

That depends: Brain tumors can cause headaches, nausea, vomiting. They can cause myriad other symptoms, depending on location.They can also be completely asymptomatic until they grow large enough to cause symptoms. If you are concerned, you should see a neurologist. ...Read more

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Can pituitary adenoma kill you?

Can pituitary adenoma kill you?

Yes: Hemorrhage or necrosis into the tumor can be fatal. This is usually an indirect effect from hormone deficiency. With hormone replacement fatality is rare. ...Read more

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How quickly can testicular cancer develop?

How quickly can testicular cancer develop?

It is a fast growing: The exact starting time of any cancer is difficult to pin point. Most scientists believe that it can take more than one or two years(or perhaps upto 5/10 years) but the obvious visible tumors can show up in 6 to 12 months if you are undergoing regular medical check ups ...Read more

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Benign neoplasm can happen to you anywhere?

Benign neoplasm can happen to you anywhere?

Yep! They can!: Benign neoplasms are non-cancerous growths. They can show up anywhere, kind of like moles. We tend to get more of them as we age. Usually they don't cause problems, unless they are big and pressing on something important (like your brain). It's a fancy word for a lump or bump that's not cancer. ...Read more

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How fast can vipomas spread?

How fast can vipomas spread?

It Can Be Fast: 60-80% of vipomas are malignant and have metastasized by the time of diagnosis. Diagnosis usually takes years because of the insidious onset. They are also associated with men-1 (multiple endocrine neoplasm) syndrome, which is associated with other cancers of the pituitary and parathyroid glands. ...Read more

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Can a malignant tumor do serious damage to the body if waiting too long?

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Can a malignant tumor do serious damage to the body if waiting too long?

Absolutely yes: In many ways- obstruction to the adjacent organ from the increase size of the cancer; organ failure from cancer infiltration/replacement to the organ, decrease immune system and increase catabolism- cause weight lost and increase susceptibility to infections, erosion/invasion to blood vessel/organ cause bleeding, perforation, obstruction etc. Ultimately it can cause death. ...Read more

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Can a brain tumor cause you lightheadedness?

Can a brain tumor cause you lightheadedness?

Yes: Brain rumors can cause lots of symptoms including lightheadedness and imbalance. Brain rumors are not common though, and more frequently lightheadedness is caused by other things like low blood pressure, dehydration, etc. You should get checked out by your doc ! ...Read more

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How can doctors tell if an adrenal tumor is benign or malignant?

How can doctors tell if an adrenal tumor is benign or malignant?

Size and feature: Tumors > 6 CM are high risk for malignancy. Tumors 4-6 CM are in the gray zone (you need to look at other fearues as well). Tumors < 4 CM are less likely to be malignant. There are features on the imaging studies that can also help your physcian determine the likelihood of tumor malignancy potential (hounsfield units, contrast wash out...). ...Read more

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Can radiation make brain tumors grow before they start to shrink?

Can radiation make brain tumors grow before they start to shrink?

Swell: Irradiation can affect tumors with initial swelling from necrosis or killing tumor cells. This can cause tumor to initially swell prior to shrinking. ...Read more

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Are carcinoid tumors benign?

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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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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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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Who is most prone to getting carcinoid tumors/syndrome?

Not known: Carcinoid tumors of the bowel are neuroendocrine tumors that have a high propensity of spreading to the liver and producing the carcinoid syndrome. The lesions arise anywhere in the bowel and respond to the same chemo used for small cell neuroendocrine of lung. They even arise in organs like pancreas, like Jobs had but are not pancreatic tumors.. Cause is not known but possibly viral in etiology ...Read more

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

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. ...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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How much metastasis does there need to be to cause carcinoid syndrome from midgut carcinoid tumors?

How is the liver?: Typically patients do not develop carcinoid syndrome without having tumor metastases in the liver. So tell us about the results of your X-rays and scans of the chest, abdomen and your liver imaging studies. Then we can help you further. ...Read more

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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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Does carcinoid syndrome/ carcinoid tumors always present with frequent diarrhea and constipation?

Does carcinoid syndrome/ carcinoid tumors always present with frequent diarrhea and constipation?

No: Sometimes the only symptom is flushing with exercise or sudden increases in blood pressure. Depends on the location of the tumor, how much serotonin it secretes and whether there is any spread into the liver. Constipation is actually unusual. ...Read more

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Are carcinoid tumors carcinoma? Is malignant metastatic stomach carcinoma that's hereditary a carcinoid cancer? carcinoid Neuroendocrine tumors?

Are carcinoid tumors carcinoma? Is malignant metastatic stomach carcinoma that's hereditary a carcinoid cancer? carcinoid Neuroendocrine tumors?

Complicated question: Carcinoids are carcinomas, usually more slow growing than adenocarcinomas. For information in this topic you may consult this link: http://www.webmd.com/cancer/carcinoid-tumors#1 ...Read more

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Can carcinoid tumors cause carcinoid crises with clonoscopy&endoscopy anesthesia?I have elavated serotonin;constipation,heat in neck&head;night diahri

Unlikely: Carcinoid crisis is a possible complication in someone who has a carcinoid tumor. You don't say if you have been diagnosed with Carcinoid. General anesthesia can trigger carcinoid crisis in such patients, but the "conscious sedation" used for most diagnostic procedures such as colonoscopy or endoscopy would be unlikely to do so. Have you done a 24 hr urine 5-HIAA? ...Read more

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Describe the features of a carcinoid tumor.?

Describe the features of a carcinoid tumor.?

Slower growing: Carcinoid tumors can occur throughout the intestine and may act in a malignant fashion and spread to lymph nodes and other organs. They tend to grow more slowly that more common (adenocarcinomas) cancers in the intestinal tract. They can sometimes be cured with surgery and survival can be long term even after spread due to their nature of sometimes growing very slowly. ...Read more

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