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Carcinoid tumors are rare, slow-growing cancers. They usually start in the lining of the digestive tract or in the lungs. They grow slowly and don't produce symptoms in the early stages. As a result, the average age of people diagnosed with digestive or lung carcinoids is about 60. In later stages the tumors sometimes produce hormones that can cause carcinoid syndrome. The syndrome causes flushing of the face and upper chest, diarrhea, and trouble breathing.
HOW IS CARCINOID DIAGNOSED?
The condition can be diagnosed incidentally when a surgeon is removing the appendix. In other cases, the condition is diagnosed only when the symptoms become too prominent and certain blood tests or scans are advised by your GP.
HOW IS CARCINOID TREATED?
Surgery by an oncologist is the only curative therapy. If the tumor has metastasized, radiotherapy can be given for arresting the growth of the tumors and prolonging survival.
DID YOU KNOW?
The most serious complication of Carcinoid tumours is Carcinoid crisis, which is observed in patients with foregut tumours.