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Dx Carcinoid Tumors Treatments:

Carcinoid Tumors

The Merck Manual Home Edition  states:
"Carcinoid tumors are noncancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant) growths that sometimes produce excessive amounts of hormone-like substances (such as serotonin), resulting in the carcinoid syndrome. Carcinoid syndrome is a group of specific symptoms that occur as a result of these hormones.
• People with carcinoid tumors may have cramping pain and changes in bowel movements.
• People with carcinoid syndrome usually have flushing and sometimes diarrhea.
• Doctors measure the amount of a serotonin byproduct in a person's urine.
• Imaging tests are needed to determine tumor location.
• People may need to take drugs to control symptoms."

Medications Used in Treatment
1. Somatostatin Analogues: Sandostatin Lar Depot®, Sandostatin®, Somatuline®

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*[Editor] Due to the consumption of B vitamins by the tumor, these patients may develop pellegra. The treatment is Vitamin B3 (niacin) available as a 250mg supplement.

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