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Carcinoid Cancer

Definition

A slow-growing type of tumor usually found in the gastrointestinal system (most often in the small intestine and rectum), and sometimes in the lungs or other sites. Carcinoid tumors may spread to the liver or other sites in the body, and they may secrete substances such as serotonin or prostaglandins, causing carcinoid syndrome

Treatments*

Surgery is often the best option for small carcinoid tumors that have not spread. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy may be used to shrink tumors, although they often may not be successful.

Side Effects*

Some common side effects may include hair loss, fatigue, and nausea and vomiting. Most of the side effects go away after treatment is done.

Tips and Tricks

Chemo sores on feet? Cutting the pads off once they harden eases the pain for the next round. If there is bleeding and/or cracking, cut women’s extra thick maxi pads and fit into loose shoes. For hands, thick gloves help a little. Use Mother of Mary’s mouth rinse to numb the sores a bit.

The information contained in the Treatments and Side Effects sections are for informational purposes only. As with any cancer type, treatments and side effects can differ by patient. Please consult your oncologist for the specific treatments and side effects for your specific cancer.

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