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Carcinoid syndrome

Carcinoid syndrome

A carcinoid tumour is a rare cancer of the neuroendocrine system – the body system that produces hormones. The tumour usually grows in the bowels or appendix, but it can also be found in the stomach, pancreas, lung, breast, kidney, ovaries or testicles. It tends to grow very slowly. Carcinoid syndrome is the collection of symptoms some people get when a carcinoid tumour – usually one that has spread to the liver – releases hormones such as serotonin into the bloodstream. Signs and symptoms In the early stages of having a carcinoid tumour, you may not have any symptoms. You may also not have symptoms if the tumour is just in your digestive system, as any hormones it produces will be broken down by your liver. If symptoms do develop, they tend to be fairly general and can be easily mistaken for signs of other illnesses. Symptoms may result from both the tumour itself and from any hormones it releases into the bloodstream

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