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Doctor insights on: Carcinoid Appendix

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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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I'm having right lower side pain no appendix did have a carcinoid tumor on appendix.had c-section 7 months ago.

I'm having right lower side pain no appendix did have a carcinoid tumor on appendix.had c-section 7 months ago.

See your doctor: you need to see your doctor to rule out any problem associated with the carcinoid. it could be ad hesions from your previous surgery.it could be an ovarian cyst .the list is long. see your doctor for proper eveluation and treatment ...Read more

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What is carcinoid system?

What is carcinoid system?

Carcinoid syndrome?: I assume this is what you mean. Carcinoid syndrome is a disorder in which a malignancy called carcinoid secretes a hormone called serotonin. When serotonin is secreted in carcinoid syndrome, it causes a variety of symptoms. These include diarrhea, flushing, shortness of breath, heart failure, and others. Serotonin is measured by checking 5-hiaa in the urine. It is a marker of the cancer. ...Read more

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What is carcinoid syndrome?

Episodes of Flushing: It is a complex of symptoms caused by carcinoid tumors once they have spread into the liver. Most patients experience hot flashes and diarrhea because the tumor produced excess of chemicals like serotonin. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about carcinoid tumours?

Usually slow growth : They are usually slow-growing tumors that can behave in a benign or malignant manner. They usually start out in the intestine (stomach, small bowel, appendix, colon or rectum) or in the lungs. Some can product hormones that cause signs and symptoms such as diarrhea or skin flushing. Otherwise, they are usually asymptomatic until late stages. Treatment is usually surgical resection. ...Read more

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I am being tested for carcinoid syndrome. How?

I am being tested for carcinoid syndrome. How?

Imaging too: If the blood and urine tests suggest carcinoid, a pet scan is the next best test to try to localize the tumor. Octreotide scanning does not have great resolution. There are newer imaging studies available at select centers. These scans use a higher resolution marker to better see small volume disease. This can help us understand extent of disease and symptoms better. ...Read more

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Is a coin lesion and a carcinoid the same thing?

No , not the same: A coin lesion is just a description of a lesion that is round like a coin. It will not tell you about what kind of lesion is that- cancer or not cancer. Carcinoid is a distict entity- is a cancer. It is generally applied to neuroendocrine tumors (nets) that is originating in the digestive tract, lungs, or sometimes in other rare primary sites such as kidneys or ovaries. ...Read more

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What to do if you possible have carcinoid syndrome?

What to do if you possible have carcinoid syndrome?

Confirm: First you have to confirm the diagnosis. If diagnosis made, then the extent of disease needs to be evaluated. If limited and no symptoms, there is nothing to do. If there is extensive disease, then either systemic therapy alone or along with surgical intervention. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What is the rate of survival for carcinoid syndrome?

Years: It is almost always in years, depending on the extent of disease. It is a wide range, anywhere from a year and a half to 12-15 years. ...Read more

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Appendix (Definition)

The appendix is a piece of tubing located at the bottom of the colon on the right lower part of the abdomen. It has no known function in modern humans, but was thought to possibly be a type of extra stomach back in our cavepeople days. Currently it's only purpose is to get infected ...Read more