Newly Diagnosed: The Basics

Carcinoid most cancers and associated neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) are small, gradual rising tumors discovered largely within the gastrointestinal system, however might be in different components of the physique such because the pancreas and the lung. Since most of those develop very slowly, in comparison with different cancers, it normally takes a few years earlier than they turn out to be sizable or trigger signs.   Article about cell signalling

Carcinoid tumors and different NETs normally originate in hormone-producing cells that line the small gut or different cells of the digestive tract. They will additionally happen within the pancreas, testes, ovaries, or lungs. Carcinoid tumors can produce an extra of hormonelike substances, resembling serotonin, bradykinin, histamine, and prostaglandins. Extra ranges of those substances can typically end in a various set of signs known as carcinoid syndrome. Different NETs can produce different hormonal substances inflicting a wide range of different syndromes.

When carcinoid tumors happen within the digestive tract or pancreas, the substances they produce are launched right into a blood vessel that flows on to the liver (portal vein), the place enzymes destroy them. Due to this fact, carcinoid tumors that originate within the digestive tract usually don’t produce signs until the tumors have unfold to the liver. The hormones secreted by different NETs, significantly these within the pancreas, don’t essentially require unfold to the liver to trigger signs.

When carcinoid tumors have unfold to the liver, the liver is unable to course of the substances earlier than they start circulating all through the physique. Relying on which substances are being launched by the tumors, the individual may have the varied signs of carcinoid syndrome, insulinoma syndrome, Zollinger Ellison syndrome, VIPoma syndrome, and many others. Carcinoid tumors of the lungs, testes, and ovaries additionally trigger signs with out having unfold, as a result of the substances they produce bypass the liver and might typically flow into extensively within the bloodstream.

A very good place to begin:

A Evaluate of Carcinoid Most cancers written by Dr. Richard Warner. This doc is an effective place to begin your analysis. This can be a detailed description of your complete spectrum of carcinoid most cancers (tumor) its prognosis, therapies and prognosis. THERE IS HOPE.

Spanish model of
“Evaluate of Carcinoid Illness” by Richard R.P. Warner, MD
Un Análisis del Cáncer Carcinoide (model en espagñol)

What are neuroendocrine tumors?
For detailed descriptions of the varied neuroendocrine tumors view Data on Carcinoid and Associated Neuroendocrine Tumors (These articles are considerably technical)

Did You Know (a one-page reality sheet about neuroendocrine tumors, please print and share)

Information to Understanding Carcinoid Syndrome, know the indicators and be taught extra about remedy choices, sufferers share their experiences with carcinoid syndrome

Novartis Oncology on-line program for folks with carcinoid most cancers.   This program, Carcinoid Hyperlink,offers enrollees with a sequence of custom-made e-mails and on-line assist assets to teach them about metastatic carcinoid most cancers.  Instantly upon enrollment, individuals will even obtain an article in regards to the significance of biochemical marker monitoring, together with excerpts from an in-depth interview with carcinoid specialist Dr. Larry Kvols. Please click on on the hyperlink beneath to be taught extra about Carcinoid Hyperlink and the way to enroll on-line. Extra assets and downloadable supplies

Wonderful infographic from Ipsen about gastroenteropancreatic tumors, GEP-NETs, click on right here.  IPSEN Cares is a program that gives details about IPSEN Protection, Entry, Reimbursement & Training Help. Click on right here for extra data.