Carcinoid Tumor — causes, side effects and treatments at NaturalPedia.com

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Carcinoid tumor is a type of tumor, which can be benign or malignant, that typically develops in the lining of the digestive tract or in the lungs. This tumor grows slowly and does not show symptoms in its initial stages. Thus, most people diagnosed with digestive or lung carcinoids are in the average age of 60. This type of tumor often produces excessive amounts of hormone-like substances such as serotonin, which lead to the carcinoid syndrome.

The cause of carcinoid tumors remain unknown. However, the risk of developing a carcinoid tumor may be increased if you have a rare family syndrome called multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1; a parent or sibling with a carcinoid tumor; a parent with squamous cell skin cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, or cancer of the brain, breast, liver, womb, bladder, or kidney; and neurofibromatosis or tuberous sclerosis.

Known side effects of carcinoid tumor

The side effects of carcinoid tumor depend on where it grows in the body. If you have carcinoid of the lung, its symptoms might include cough, coughing up blood, wheezing, shortness of breath, or pain in the chest. If the tumor grows in the stomach, it might cause pain, weight loss, and fatigue. Carcinoid of the bowel may cause abdominal pain, bleeding from the rectum, diarrhea, pain, constipation, and feeling of being sick.

Body systems harmed by carcinoid tumor

The body systems harmed by carcinoid tumor include the endocrine and nervous systems. Other body systems that are harmed by this tumor depend on where it develops. It typically develops in the stomach, lungs, or bowel. Thus, the body systems harmed by this type of tumor include the digestive, respiratory, and excretory systems.

List of foods or nutrients that prevent carcinoid tumor

According to an entry published on the website TheTruthAboutCancer.com, the foods that can help prevent tumor and cancer include raw garlic, broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, green tea, berries, leafy greens, cooked tomatoes, and carrots.

Treatments, management plans for carcinoid tumor

Treatments for carcinoid tumor include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, biologic therapy, and drug therapy.

Where to learn more

Summary

Carcinoid tumor is a slow-growing tumor that usually develops in the lining of the digestive tract or in the lungs.

Carcinoid tumor may cause cough, coughing up blood, wheezing, shortness of breath, or pain in the chest; pain, weight loss, and fatigue; or abdominal pain, bleeding from the rectum, diarrhea, constipation, and feeling of being sick.

Carcinoid tumor harms the endocrine and nervous systems.

Foods that may help prevent tumor growth include raw garlic, cruciferous vegetables, green tea, berries, leafy greens, cooked tomatoes, and carrots.

Carcinoid tumor can be treated through surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, biologic therapy, and drug therapy.

Sources include:

MedLinePlus.gov

MSDManuals.com

NHS.uk

CancerResearchUK.org

Cancer.org

TheTruthAboutCancer.com

My.CleavelandClinic.org



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