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I had a small 4-6mm intestine carcinoid tumor. Now my ct showed a 4-5mm non-calcified nodule in the right middle lobe of my lung. Should I be worried?

I had a small 4-6mm intestine carcinoid tumor. Now my ct showed a 4-5mm non-calcified nodule in the right middle lobe of my lung. Should I be worried?

Need to investigate: If there are no lesions in your liver, the lesion in the lung is less likely to be metastasis from the carcinoid. However, it needs to be investigated. Please follow your doctor's advice about follow-up care. ...Read more

Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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Can you tell me if someone has a carcinoid tumour of the small bowel:?

Can you tell me if someone has a carcinoid tumour of the small bowel:?

Tissue examination: A definitive diagnosis of carcinoid required examination of the suspect tissue by a pathologist. ...Read more

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How unusual is a renal carcinoid tumor?

VERY uncommon: Primary carcinoid tumor of the kidney is a very rare tumor. The current world health organization classification of tumors of the kidney (iarc press, lyon 2004) says that only about 50 cases have been reported in the world's literature. Hope that this helps. ...Read more

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How effective is sandostatin (octreotide) on carcinoid tumor?

Good for symptoms: Sandostatin (octreotide) is a medication that decreases the release of hormones from carcinoid tumors, thereby decreasing symptoms of carcinoid (flushing, diarrhea). It may have some effects in slowing the growth of such tumors, but its main use is to treat symptoms of Carcinoid. It is effective for this is over 80% of patients with Carcinoid. ...Read more

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In its genealogy, how long does it usually take for carcinoid tumor to metastize to the liver and subsequent progression into carcinoid syndrome? Ty

Slow/unpredictable: Carcinoid tumors are commonly very slow growing tumors. It takes them 10 to 20 years(or longer) to run their course. We can not be exact in predicting when, or if , the carcinoid will spread to the liver. So relax and try not to make any predictions. Most of my patients have no problems for decades of relatively good life despite a tumor nodule or two siting some place in the belly. ...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 is the probability of a carcinoid tumor bursting?

Very Low: Carcinoid tumors are solid masses and unless they have died (necrosed) the chance of one bursting is very very unlikely. ...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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I have very high serotonin levels. Does this automatically mean carcinoid tumor?

I have very high serotonin levels. Does this automatically mean carcinoid tumor?

No: There is a list of foods and medications that can cause this test to be falsely elevated. The list includes: bananas walnuts plantains hickory nuts pineapple pecans kiwi fruit avocados plums tomatoes eggplant talk to your doctor to discuss the results, and bring a comprehensive list of all your recent medications. ...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


Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more