Hi there. Thank you for your question. I will be helping you out with your queries
Which part of the intestine is the tumor located in?
How was it diagnosed?
What symptoms did you have?
Also mention your age and gender. Thank you.
What does your doctor say about the surgery?
I mean when does he want to do it?
Which part of the small intestine is the tumor located.
If its in the small intestine then colonoscopy should not have picked it as this test only looks at the large intestine.
Have you had a biopsy done to confirm that its a carcinoid tumor?Have you had a urine test for 5-HIAA (5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid)
Ok so you are following up with a gastroenterologist?
I think that this tumor should be removed as soon as your doctor can.
I mean in a month or two at the most.
Yes that is normal, carcinoid syndrome happens when a person has a carcinoid tumor that is releasing various substances like serotonin.
Treatment is with octreotide which reduces secretion of serotonin and reduces symptoms
are you currently on any treatment?
Ok great. Let me make you understand what you are having and what should be done from the start.
- Carcinoid tumor is a rare tumor in the intestine that can present with a huge number of symptoms which are not only due to the effects of tumor blocking the intestine but also due to the various hormones and substances that this particular tumor is capable of releasing. These substances like serotonin, when released produce a lot of symptoms such as diarrhea, flushing, increased heart rate, sweating etc. When the tumor is releasing these substances then this is given the name of carcinoid syndrome rather than carcinoid tumor.
If these things are not released by the tumor then its simply called a tumor and is removed.
- The definitive treatment of this condition is surgical removal or endoscopic removal.
- Removal should be carried out as soon as your doctor and you agree on it.
- So in short there is no specific time period for removal of the tumor, it should be removed as soon as possible.
- Treatment of symptoms i.e. treatment which reduces the serotonin and other substances is with things that reduce secretion from this tumor and the treatment most commonly used is with octreotide.
- Chemotherapy with various medications like 5-flourouracil and doxorubicin may also be used but all this needs to be discussed with the oncologist as well and depends on whether tumor is localized to the intestine or has spread elsewhere as well.
Are you with me?
Any more questions?
The smaller the tumor the better.
So thats good news actually.
No, this is not the cause of the tumor at all.
I understand that you are stressed and I would have felt the same way if I was going through what you are going through.
You are most welcomeTake careWish you all the best.Please do rate me for my services before you leave by clicking on one of the smilies below. I hope I provided excellent services.Good bye :)
Please do rate me for my services before you leave.