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Carcinoid Syndrome


Synonyms of Carcinoid Syndrome
  • carcinoid apudoma
  • carcinoid cancer
  • carcinoid disease
  • functioning argentaffinoma
  • functioning carcinoid
  • malignant carcinoid syndrome
  • neuroendocrine tumor carcinoid type

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    Carcinoid syndrome is a disease consisting of a combination of symptoms, physical manifestations, and abnormal laboratory chemical findings caused by a carcinoid tumor. A carcinoid tumor is a tumor that secretes large amounts of the hormone serotonin, along with a number of other active peptides. These tumors usually arise in the gastrointestinal tract and from there may migrate (metastasize) to the liver. Carcinoid tumors also sometimes develop in the lung.

    Only about 10% of the people with carcinoid tumors will develop the carcinoid syndrome. Major symptoms of this syndrome include hot, red facial flushing, diarrhea and wheezing. Carcinoid syndrome occurs when the tumor produces excessive amounts of serotonin in an individual with liver metastases. In patients who have no spread to the liver, the serotonin released by an intestinal tumor will be broken down to an inactive substance; thus carcinoid syndrome does not occur.

    Organizations related to Carcinoid Syndrome
    • 11Q Research and Resource Group
      83 Lantern Hill Road
      Mystic CT 06355
      Phone #: 860-599-4015
      800 #: --
      e-mail: david_m_george@groton.pfizer.com
      Home page: http://www.11qusa.org
    • American Cancer Society, Inc.
      1599 Clifton Road NE
      Atlanta GA 30329
      Phone #: 404-320-3333
      800 #: 800-227-2345
      e-mail: N/A
      Home page: http://www.cancer.org
    • Cancer.Net
      American Society of Clinical Oncology
      Alexandria VA 22314
      Phone #: 571-483-1780
      800 #: 888-651-3038
      e-mail: contactus@cancer.net
      Home page: http://www.cancer.net/patient
    • Carcinoid Cancer Foundation, Inc.
      333 Mamaroneck Avenue #492
      White Plains NY 10605
      Phone #: 914-683-1001
      800 #: 888-722-3132
      e-mail: carcinoid@optonline.net
      Home page: http://www.carcinoid.org
    • Caring for Carcinoid Foundation
      One Kendall Square
      Cambridge MA 02139
      Phone #: 857-222-5492
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: info@caringforcarcinoid.org
      Home page: http://www.caringforcarcinoid.org
    • Friends of Cancer Research
      2231 Crystal Drive
      Arlington VA 22202
      Phone #: 703-302-1503
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: info@focr.org
      Home page: http://www.focr.org
    • Lance Armstrong Foundation
      PO Box 161550
      Austin TX 78716-1150
      Phone #: 512-236-8820
      800 #: 866-235-7205
      e-mail: N/A
      Home page: http://www.livestrong.org
    • Wellness Community
      919 18th Street N.W.
      Washington DC 20006
      Phone #: 202-659-9709
      800 #: 888-793-9355
      e-mail: help@thewellnesscommunity.org
      Home page: http://www.thewellnesscommunity.org



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