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 language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Endoscopic Oncology|
|Subtitle of host publication||Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and Cancer Management|
|Number of pages||12|
|ISBN (Print)||158829532X, 9781588295323|
|State||Published - Dec 1 2006|
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