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Doctor insights on: Is A Carcinoid Tumor Cancer

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...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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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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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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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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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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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

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