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Carcinoid
Pathology
Type

Cancer

Cause(s)

Abnormal growth of neuroendicrine cells

Symptoms

Tumor that appears to have malignant characteristics, but is slow growing and usually benign

Mortality Rate

Low

Treatments

Surgery

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Carcinoids are slow growing tumors that originate in the nerve cells that interact with the endocrine system. They are generally benign and don't show any symptoms, although if they are found during other surgeries, they are still dangerous enough to remove routinely. When they do show symptoms, they are typical of overproduction of one or more hormones, which can lead to diarrhea, flushing, wheezing, abdominal cramps, and edema in the peripheries. Carcinoid syndrome is typical when these tumors mestasticize.

Surgery is the preferred option as these tumors generally do not respond to chemotherapy due to their characteristically slow growth, even after metastasis.

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