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Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumors Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Patient Information [NCI] - Treatment Options for Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumors

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Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with localized gastrointestinal carcinoid tumor and regional gastrointestinal carcinoid tumor. For more specific results, refine the search by using other search features, such as the location of the trial, the type of treatment, or the name of the drug. General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.

Carcinoid Tumors in the Colon

Treatment of GI carcinoid tumors in the colon may include the following:

  • Surgery (resection) to remove part of the colon and nearby lymph nodes, in order to remove as much of the cancer as possible.

Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with localized gastrointestinal carcinoid tumor and regional gastrointestinal carcinoid tumor. For more specific results, refine the search by using other search features, such as the location of the trial, the type of treatment, or the name of the drug. General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.

Carcinoid Tumors in the Rectum

Treatment of GI carcinoid tumors in the rectum may include the following:

  • Endoscopic surgery (resection) for small tumors.
  • Surgery (local excision) to remove slightly larger tumors that have not spread into the muscle layer of the rectal wall.
  • Surgery (resection) to remove the top part of the rectum and the left side of the colon, for slightly larger tumors that have may spread to the muscle layer of the rectal wall or nearby tissues. Nearby lymph nodes are also removed.
  • Surgery (local excision) to remove as much tumor as possible when the tumor has spread to distant parts of the body. This is palliative therapy to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life.

Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with localized gastrointestinal carcinoid tumor and regional gastrointestinal carcinoid tumor. For more specific results, refine the search by using other search features, such as the location of the trial, the type of treatment, or the name of the drug. General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.

Metastatic Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumors

Distant metastases

Treatment of distant metastases of gastrointestinal carcinoid tumors is usually palliative therapy to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life. Treatment may include the following:

  • Surgery (resection) to remove as much of the tumor as possible.
  • Hormone therapy.
  • Radiopharmaceutical therapy.
  • Radiation therapy for cancer that has spread to the bone, brain, or spinal cord.
  • A clinical trial of a new treatment.

Liver metastases

Treatment of cancer that has spread to the liver may include the following:

  • Surgery resection to remove the tumor from the liver.
  • Hepatic artery embolization.
  • Cryosurgery.
  • Radiofrequency ablation.
  • Liver transplant.
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Last Updated: February 25, 2014
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