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Recovery Time For Lung Carcinoid Tumor Removal
Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more
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 test positive for the Chromogranin A blood test and negative on the 24 hour 5-HIAA test. The blood value was 150. I have read that 80% of the time it test positive you have carcinoid tumor. What do you think?
Chromogranin A +: List all meds and symptoms and get back with us. Discuss with your team who know you best. ...Read more
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
How much metastasis does there need to be to cause carcinoid syndrome from midgut carcinoid tumors?
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?
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
Not known: Carcinoid tumors of the bowel are neuroendocrine tumors that have a high propensity of spreading to the liver and producing the carcinoid syndrome. The lesions arise anywhere in the bowel and respond to the same chemo used for small cell neuroendocrine of lung. They even arise in organs like pancreas, like Jobs had but are not pancreatic tumors. Cause is not known but possibly viral in etiology ...Read more
Avoidance: Avoid chocolate, wine, bananas.Get a more detailed answer ›
Go to:: Mayo clinic website for patients; webmd; medscape. ...Read more
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
There is a list of foods and medications that can cause this test to be falsely elevated. The list includes: bananas
Talk to your doctor to discuss the results, and bring a comprehensive list of all your recent medications. ...Read more
I'm having right lower side pain no appendix did have a carcinoid tumor on appendix.had c-section 7 months ago.
Octreoscan is used for visualization of carcinoid tumors based on SOM receptor ability to bind octreioide analogs. Does the same apply for mast cells?
Unlikely: There is no evidence that octreotide scans are able to image mast cells. ...Read more
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
Chemical: Not on purpose, just what these cells make, and as they become more active, and numerous, more secretion. ...Read more
Can Abilify (aripiprazole) cause false negative test results when being tested for carcinoid tumors?
There are a variety of drugs that can affect the 5-hiaa test. Medications that can increase 5-hiaa include acetaminophen(in percocet) ephedrine, (ephedrine sulfate) diazepam (valium), nicotine,, and phenobarbital. Medications that can decrease 5-hiaa include aspirin, ethyl alcohol, imipramine, levodopa, heparin, isoniazid, methyldopa, and tca's.
best wishe. ...Read more
Mother was diagnosed with carcinoid cancer can that put me at a higher risk to develope carcinoid tumors?
No: This is no inherited predisposition to these tumors. ...Read more
Is there any relations between my carcinoid tumor and my EDS and SLE and if I have symptoms can I expect another tumor? Thanks
No association: EDS and Lupus are unassociated with carcinoid. The carcinoid syndrome is usually due to endocrinologically active malignant tumors that develop from neuroendocrine cells (mostly in the ileum) and produce serotonin. It can, however, occur from tumors elsewhere in the GI tract (particularly the appendix and rectum), pancreas, bronchi, The primary has to be removed to prevent metastasis. ...Read more
24hr urine test show 3.5 mg on hydroyindindoleacetate but 2l, 00 on chromogranin an is this normal, or does it show possible carcinoid tumor?
Normal: A chromogranin a level of 21 is normal is most labs, as is a hiaa level of 3.5. Elevated chromogranin a level are non-specific, and can be high for many reasons, many of which have nothing to do with tumors. The test tends to be more helpful, when normal, for decreasing the risk of having a neuroendocrine tumor. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
"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
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