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Forum Name: Carcinoid Tumor

Question: What is the newest method to treat carciniod Tumor?

 shubeini - Wed Nov 05, 2003 4:21 pm

My aunt had carcinoid tumor about 3 years ago, and now tumor has spreaded to other parts of her body # bone. Does anyone here know the most up-to-date method to treat a patient like her or where can I find such information? Thank you very much.
 Dr. Jeffrey Gordon - Fri Nov 14, 2003 2:09 pm

Carcinoid tumors, when arising in the abdomen, often times have spread, but may well be too small to detect on imaging scans. A carcinoid tumor may produce various substances that can cause symtoms and problems referred to as the carcinoid syndrome (skin flushing, itchiness, fatigue, breathing difficulties, heart problems, diarrhea, to name some of the more common problems). A medication called octreotide can be used to control the carcinoid syndrome and it can also slow down the growth and activity of the carcinoid tumor. Chemotherapy in general has limitations in controlling the tumor. Chemotherapy can be toxic and older people do not tolerate the chemotherapy as well as those who are young. There are various clinical studies being done to investigate new drugs and the use of biologic medications.

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