Even though having a gastrointestinal carcinoid tumor can be a serious matter, it is important to know that the survival rate of this disease is good and you are likely to make a full recovery. The sooner you start receiving treatment, the better your chances of a full recovery are. We can help you find the best course of action.
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A gastrointestinal carcinoid tumor is a rare type of cancer that originates in the gastrointestinal tract. The gastrointestinal tract is responsible for digesting and processing food. It also gets rid of the body’s waste products. Included in the gastrointestinal tract are such vital organs as the esophagus, stomach, colon, small and large intestines and pancreas. Although the majority of all cases of this cancer originate in the small intestine, gastrointestinal carcinoid tumors can develop anywhere in the gastrointestinal tract, making it difficult to diagnose a patient in the early stages of this disease.
Symptoms of a gastrointestinal carcinoid tumor will rarely manifest themselves until the levels of certain hormones in the body become too high. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 8,000 new cases of this type of cancer are recorded in the USA every year. This disease is common in people aged over 60 and most cases of gastrointestinal carcinoid tumor are caused by a genetic predisposition. The gene MEN1 is believed to play a key role in the development of this type of cancer, so people who have this gene need to be extra vigilant.
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