A gastrointestinal (GI) carcinoid tumor is a type of cancer that can develop in the lining of the GI tract, part of the body’s digestive system. Normally, the GI tract helps the body digest foods and absorb nutrients before passing waste material out of the body. When a GI carcinoid tumor forms in the small intestine, stomach, colon or rectum, it affects the neuroendocrine cells, which help control digestive juices and the muscles that facilitate digestion.
Like all types of cancer, early detection is key when it comes to treatment. If found in the early stages while the disease is contained, this cancer is highly treatable. Cancer that has spread to nearby tissues, lymph nodes or other organs will require immediate treatment in an attempt to slow the progression of the disease. The difficulty with diagnosing gastrointestinal carcinoid tumors is that this condition is rare and does not always cause symptoms until the tumor is quite advanced. Often, the tumors are discovered unexpectedly during routine procedures.
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For patients who have been diagnosed with a carcinoid tumor in their GI tract or believe they may have the symptoms associated with a gastrointestinal carcinoid tumor, the highly specialized team at Moffitt Cancer Center is here to help. The experts in our Gastrointestinal Oncology Program have a high level of expertise in treating GI carcinoid tumors. Our multispecialty staff includes:
- Registered Nurses
- Social Workers
These and other specialists work collaboratively in a tumor board to provide the best possible care by creating a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan for every patient.
Moffitt Cancer Center is designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute – the only facility based in Florida with such distinction. We offer a full range of advanced treatments, ranging from surgery, chemotherapy and radiation to breakthrough clinical trials and supportive care.
To learn more about GI carcinoid cancer and the services we offer at Moffitt, call 1-888-MOFFITT or schedule an appointment online. No referral is required to meet with our oncologists specializing in gastrointestinal carcinoid tumors.