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Carcinoid tumor


Other Names for this Disease
  • Neuroendocrine tumor
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Overview

A carcinoid tumor is a rare, slow-growing cancer that usually starts in the lining of the digestive tract (appendix, stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum) or in the lungs but may occur elsewhere.[1][2] Because carcinoid tumors grow slowly and don't produce symptoms in the early stages, affected individuals may have the tumor for years before being diagnosed. In later stages the tumor sometimes produces hormones that can cause carcinoid syndrome. The syndrome causes flushing of the face and upper chest, diarrhea, and trouble breathing. Surgery is the main treatment for a carcinoid tumor. If it does not spread to other parts of the body, surgery can typically cure the cancer.[1]
Last updated: 4/9/2012

References

  1. Carcinoid Tumors. MedlinePlus. 2009; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/carcinoidtumors.html. Accessed 10/4/2009.
  2. Carcinoid tumors. MayoClinic.com. 2008; http://mayoclinic.com/print/carcinoid-tumors/DS00834/DSECTION=all&METHOD=print. Accessed 10/4/2009.
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Basic Information

  • The American Cancer Society provides detailed guides on lung and gastrointestinal carcinoid tumors. Click on the above links to access this information.
  • Cancer.Net, a resource from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, provides information about this condition.
  • The Carcinoid Cancer Foundation, Inc. has an information page on carcinoid tumors and related neuroendocrine tumors. Click on Carcinoid Cancer Foundation, Inc. to view the information page.
  • MedlinePlus was designed by the National Library of Medicine to help you research your health questions, and it provides more information about this topic.
  • The National Cancer Institute provides the most current information on cancer for patients, health professionals, and the general public.

General Information

  • The American Cancer Society provides detailed guides on lung and gastrointestinal carcinoid tumors. Click on the above links to access this information.

In Depth Information

  • Medscape Reference provides information on this topic. You may need to register to view the medical textbook, but registration is free.
  • The Monarch Initiative brings together data about this condition from humans and other species to help physicians and biomedical researchers. Monarch’s tools are designed to make it easier to compare the signs and symptoms (phenotypes) of different diseases and discover common features. This initiative is a collaboration between several academic institutions across the world and is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Visit the website to explore the biology of this condition.
  • Orphanet is a European reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs. Access to this database is free of charge.
  • PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Carcinoid tumor. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.
Other Names for this Disease
  • Neuroendocrine tumor
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.