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I had carcinoid tumor of appendix removed back in 1979. Is it advisable to have occasional 24-hr urinalysis or can I assume i'm cured?
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
I'm having right lower side pain no appendix did have a carcinoid tumor on appendix.had c-section 7 months ago.
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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