A slow growing neuroendocrine tumour is known as a Cacinoid in medical terms and it is usually a part of the Carcinoid syndrome. The symptoms of this condition are usually related to the gastrointestinal make up of the patient. Other symptoms may also include wheezing, flushing, loose motions, abdominal cramps and bloating.
HOW IS CARCINOID DIAGNOSED?
Oncologists may order for laboratory testing for determining the platelets, plasma and urine of patients. Imaging tests like radiography, MRI, CT-Scan, Upper and Lower GI radiography, technetium-99m bone scanning may be ordered for confirming diagnosis. Endoscopic procedures like bronchoscopy, esophagogastroscopy, and colonoscopy may be used for biopsy and diagnosis.
HOW IS CARCINOID TREATED?
If the tumor is caught early, it may be possible to completely remove it and cure the cancer altogether. The other treatments include medicines, injections, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and surgery.
DID YOU KNOW?
Carcinoids have a slow growth rate compared to malignant tumors.