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What Are Carcinoid Tumors? Understand Your Disease

Carcinoid tumors are rare cancers that can develop in several areas of your body. Due to their slow-growing nature, they are often described as "cancers in slow motion." These tumors can grow gradually for many years without causing symptoms. In its later stages, however, a carcinoid tumor can secrete a variety of hormones that cause carcinoid syndrome, which manifests in diarrhea, flushing, and heart failure.

Carcinoid Tumors We Treat at New Hope Unlimited

Here is an overview of the types of carcinoid tumors we treat, as well as how often they occur:

  • 39% in the small intestine
  • 15% in the rectum
  • 10% in the bronchial system of the lungs
  • 7% in the appendix
  • 5% to 7% in the colon
  • 2% to 4% in the stomach
  • 2% to 3% in the pancreas
  • Approximately 1% in the liver

Though possible, carcinoid tumors almost never occur in the testicles, ovaries, or other organs.

Symptoms

Carcinoid tumors rarely show signs and symptoms until late in the disease. When symptoms do appear, they are often vague and depend on the location of the tumor. You may experience a variety of prodromes, such as:

  • Chest pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Shortness of breath and wheezing
  • Skin flushing or redness in the face, neck, and chest
  • Pink or purple marks on the skin that resemble stretch marks
  • Weight gain around the midsection and upper back

Carcinoid Tumor Risk Factors and Prevention

Scientists have not determined the preventable causes of carcinoid tumors. However, certain medical conditions may raise a person’s risk. For example, those with a family history of MEN1 (a hereditary condition) have a higher chance of developing a carcinoid tumor in the pituitary gland. Diseases like Pernicious anemia, which damage the stomach and reduce acid production, can increase a person's risk of having a stomach carcinoid tumor.

Older age is also a factor in gastrointestinal carcinoid tumors, with most people being diagnosed at age 55 to 65. For lung carcinoid tumors, the average age of diagnosis is between 45 and 55. For carcinoid tumors of the appendix, the standard age of diagnosis is about 40.

Detection and Diagnosis

If your doctor speculates the presence of a carcinoid tumor, he or she will perform a complete medical and physical examination. In addition, the following tests may be done to diagnose a tumor:

  • Blood and urine tests
  • Molecular testing of the tumor
  • Endoscopic ultrasound
  • Endoscopy
  • Bone scan
  • X-rays
  • Computed tomography (CT or CAT) scan
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan
  • Radionuclide scanning (OctreoScan)
  • Positron emission tomography (PET) scan
  • Biopsy

Carcinoid Tumor Alternative Treatments

At New Hope Unlimited, our goal is to reinstate your body’s tumor- and cancer-free disposition. Our holistic therapies are devised to manage and improve your symptoms, rebuild your immune system, maintain your positive outlook, and mend your overall well-being. With our treatment strategies and guidance, it is never too late to beat your disease.

Our Promise

  • Advanced Cancer Treatments
  • Top-Rated Physicians
  • Personal Care
  • Patient Satisfaction

Our Medical Facilities

At New Hope Unlimited, we pride ourselves in providing superior comfort, cleanliness, and cancer care at our 8,000 square foot medical treatment center in San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico. We worked with renowned architects and contractors to create the ideal space for recovery, which includes state-of-the-art lounge areas and spacious private in-rooms that assure the comfort of our patients and their loved ones.

To make our patients feel right at home, each private ward is equipped with high-definition U.S. television, quality bedding, and high-speed internet connection. And with proper nutrition playing a vital role in cancer recovery, New Hope Unlimited also fulfills the dietary needs of each patient using fresh, organic produce to prepare breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners.

Comfort and cleanliness are also strictly implemented in our medical treatment rooms, which are equipped with the latest medical supplies and technology to provide the highest standard of care and treatment. Our medical center also has an in-house Hyperbaric Chamber, a well-established therapy for decompression sickness, exclusively available for our patients’ use.

Further, New Hope Unlimited has maintained its exceptional partnership with Hospital Migoo, a medical group comprised of certified physicians and specialists committed to our patients’ care and well-being.

FAQs

1. Are carcinoid tumors deadly?

Getting diagnosed at a later stage could kill a patient. Since carcinoid is a slow-growing cancer with minimal or vague symptoms, routine checkups are key to early detection.

2. Are all carcinoid tumors cancerous?

Carcinoid tumors can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Benign carcinoid tumors are typically less than 1 cm and can be eliminated. In most cases, they do not come back.

3. What treatments does New Hope Unlimited offer?

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