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MD Anderson’s Gastrointestinal Center gives you exemplary, customized carcinoid tumor care every step of the way. As one of the nation’s largest cancer centers, MD Anderson sees more patients with this complex type of cancer than most others, which translates into more successful outcomes for carcinoid tumors.

MD Anderson’s Gastrointestinal Center gives you exemplary, customized carcinoid tumor care every step of the way. As one of the nation’s largest cancer centers, MD Anderson sees more patients with this complex type of cancer than most others, which translates into more successful outcomes for carcinoid tumors.

As one of the world’s largest cancer research centers, MD Anderson is leading the investigation into new methods of carcinoid tumor diagnosis and treatment. For instance, our researchers are studying carcinoid tumors on a molecular basis to try to find a cause.

Our status as a premier research center means we can offer clinical trials (research studies) of new treatments for carcinoid tumors. MD Anderson researchers have led the development of novel treatment strategies, including targeting of mTOR (a protein) and angiogenesis (growth of new blood vessels) in neuroendocrine tumors (including carcinoid tumors). MD Anderson researchers were involved from proof-of-concept single institution phase II to multi-national phase III studies.

Treatment at MD Anderson

Carcinoid tumors are treated in our
Gastrointestinal Center.

Carcinoid Tumor Facts

Understanding a disease is the first step toward finding the right care. Get the facts about carcinoid tumors, including the different types, how it starts and who’s at risk.

Carcinoid tumor facts

did you know?

Carcinoid tumors are a type of neuroendocrine tumor, which typically develop in the digestive system.  

Symptoms

Most cancers have the same symptoms as other, less serious conditions. Still, it’s important to know the signs.

Carcinoid tumor symptoms

Diagnosis

Blood tests, imaging exams and even surgical procedures are used to check for cancer.

Carcinoid tumor diagnosis  

Treatment

Common cancer treatments include chemotherapy, radiation treatment and surgery. Doctors select the treatment for carcinoid tumors based on your diagnosis and disease stage.

Carcinoid tumor treatment

Clinical Trials

MD Anderson patients have access to clinical trials
offering promising new treatments that cannot be found anywhere else.

Knowledge Center

Find the latest news and information about carcinoid tumors in our Knowledge Center, including blog posts, articles, videos, news releases and more.

myCancerConnection

Talk to someone who shares your cancer diagnosis and be matched with a survivor.

Prevention & Screening

Many cancers can be prevented with lifestyle changes and regular screening.

Counseling

MD Anderson has licensed social workers to help patients and their loved ones cope with cancer.

BY Mary Powell

I labeled the daily emails from our March trip to MD Anderson for my brother’s stem cell transplant “our adventure,” and that’s exactly what it turned out to be.

I was excited to be a stem cell donor for my brother, Dan, who has leukemia. But when the doctors performed a chest x-ray, they discovered a questionable spot on my lung. We hoped it was nothing, but scheduled a CT scan to make sure.  

The scan revealed...