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Doctor insights on: Carcinoid Tumor Survival Rate

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Are the symptoms of carcinoid tumors bad?

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

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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How unusual is a renal carcinoid tumor?

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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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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Can you have a carcinoid tumor on the lung, not in the lung?

Can you have a carcinoid tumor on the lung, not in the lung?

Yes: I am guessing from your question, but yes there can be pulmonary and bronchial carcinoid tumors. They are both a type of lung tumor that can be benign or cancerous. They can occur in the lung or "on" the lung in the breathing tube to the lung. These are relatively rare tumors. ...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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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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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