Carcinoid tumors

Willscott E. Naugler, Gordon C. Hunt

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Carcinoid tumors are of neuroendocrine origin, and can produce bioactive peptides or amines that rarely produce clinical symptoms. These tumors are slow growing, and infrequently produce the so-called carcinoid syndrome, cardinal features of which are flushing and diarrhea. About two-thirds of carcinoid tumors are found in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, one-fourth in the bronchopulmonary tree, and the remainder in the urogenital tract. Presentation, behavior, and malignant potential of carcinoid tumors are determined by the site at which they originate. Resection of the tumor is the only curative option, but advances in the understanding of the biology of carcinoids have produced therapies that can effectively treat symptoms caused by these tumors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEndoscopic Oncology
Subtitle of host publicationGastrointestinal Endoscopy and Cancer Management
PublisherHumana Press
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)158829532X, 9781588295323
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006

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    Naugler, W. E., & Hunt, G. C. (2006). Carcinoid tumors. In Endoscopic Oncology: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and Cancer Management (pp. 161-172). Humana Press.