If your doctor tells you that you've got carcinoid tumors, there's a lot to take in. The condition is a type of cancer, but unlike some other kinds, there's more than one part of the body where it might start. And depending on where you get it, you could have a bunch of different symptoms, from pain in your belly to a bad cough.
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Animal studies have shown that CoQ10 helps the immune system work better and makes the body better able to resist certain infections and types of cancer (see Question 5).
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It's not as common, but sometimes the tumors start in your pancreas, your testicles if you're a man, or ovaries if you're a woman.
Keep in mind that these tumors grow slowly. And doctors often find them when they're at an early stage, which makes them easier to treat.
Learn as much as you can about this condition so you can work with your doctor to get a treatment that's best for you. And keep an open line to your friends and family so you can get the backup and support you need to tackle things with confidence and a positive attitude.
Risks for Carcinoid Tumors
Doctors don't know for sure why people get them. But a few things may put you at a higher risk.
Genetic disease. You may get carcinoid tumors if you have an illness called multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1). It's a disease that's passed down through your family. About 10% of these tumors are due to MEN1.
Do not take SOMATULINE DEPOT if you are allergic to lanreotide.
What are the possible side effects of SOMATULINE DEPOT?
SOMATULINE DEPOT may cause serious side effects, including:
Gallstones. Tell your healthcare professional if you get any of these symptoms:
sudden pain in your upper right stomach area (abdomen)
sudden pain in your right shoulder or between your shoulder blades
yellowing of your skin and whites of your eyes
fever with chills
Changes in your blood sugar (high blood sugar or low blood sugar). If you have diabetes, test your blood sugar as your healthcare professional tells you to. Your healthcare professional may change your dose of diabetes medicine.
Slow heart rate
High blood pressure
The most common side effects of SOMATULINE DEPOT in people with GEP-NETs include stomach area (abdominal) pain, muscle and joint aches, vomiting, headache, and pain, itching, or a lump at the injection site.
SOMATULINE DEPOT may cause dizziness. If this happens, do not drive a car or operate machinery.
What should I tell my healthcare professional before receiving SOMATULINE DEPOT?
Tell your healthcare professional if you have diabetes or gallbladder, thyroid, heart, kidney, or liver problems.
Tell your healthcare professional if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant as SOMATULINE DEPOT may harm your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare professional if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if SOMATULINE DEPOT passes into your breast milk. You and your healthcare professional should decide if you will take SOMATULINE DEPOT or breastfeed. You should not do both.
Tell your healthcare professional about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. SOMATULINE DEPOT and other medicines may affect each other, causing side effects. SOMATULINE DEPOT may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how SOMATULINE DEPOT works.
Especially tell your healthcare professional if you take insulin or other diabetes medicines, a cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, or Sandimmune), a medicine called bromocriptine (Parlodel, Cycloset), or medicines that lower your heart rate, such as beta blockers.
Tell your healthcare professional if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of SOMATULINE DEPOT. For more information ask your healthcare professional.
You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. at 1-888-980-2889.