If you have been diagnosed with carcinoid tumors of the digestive tract, City of Hope can offer you comprehensive, multidisciplinary care from experts offering the newest and best treatments for this rare disease. And our commitment to high quality, personalized care means we place your concerns and quality of life at the center of your treatment.
Our world-class team of specialists can answer your questions, address your concerns, and deliver personalized, innovative treatments against the disease.
By collaborating with other departments and cancer centers, City of Hope’s gastrointestinal carcinoid cancer program has developed a large and active portfolio of clinical trials studying new treatments, including surgery, radiation and drug therapy regimens that are more effective against this disease. Many of these promising therapies are only available to City of Hope patients.
City of Hope's internationally recognized gastrointestinal cancer experts work together on a multidisciplinary team to provide you with care designed to extend and improve your life. And getting care here means you will have access to some of the most promising new therapies as part of our clinical trials program.
City of Hope’s team of surgeons, gastroenterologists, medical oncologists, nurses, radiologists, and genetic and nutritional counselors work together closely at all stages to provide seamless, coordinated care. We balance that approach with personalized medicine — not just when it comes to your cancer, but the kind that makes you feel supported throughout your treatment.
City of Hope is internationally recognized for its research and breakthrough treatments, has been named one of America’s top cancer hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for more than 10 years running and is a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center.
Gastrointestinal carcinoid tumors form in the lining of the gastrointestinal tract, which includes the stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum. Approximately 8,000 of those cases are diagnosed each year in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society.
Gastrointestinal (GI) carcinoid tumors start in the neuroendocrine system, which is made up of cells that resemble nerve cells and hormone-making cells in the gastrointestinal tract. These cells control the production of digestive juices and the muscles that guide food and waste through the stomach and intestines. Cells in this system are not concentrated in a particular organ; they are found in several areas of the body but tend to be concentrated in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
Like other types of cancer, GI carcinoid tumors form when abnormal neuroendocrine cells grow uncontrollably, joining together to form a growth called a tumor. GI carcinoid tumors are rare and grow very slowly.
Symptoms associated with GI carcinoid tumors depend on what area of the gastrointestinal system is affected. In some areas, these tumors build up and cause no symptoms while in others, the symptoms can be significant, including:
Other medical conditions share these symptoms. If you are treated for these conditions and they do not go away, you may need further consultation to rule out GI cancer.
City of Hope physicians are committed to finding and treating GI carcinoid tumors in the earliest stages. If you are concerned about persistent and troubling gastrointestinal symptoms — or you have a family history or genetic risk of GI cancer — you may require a consultation. Our team of internationally trained gastric specialists use their clinical expertise and leading-edge technology to provide you with the most accurate diagnosis — and the most effective treatment.
If cancer is suspected we may perform other tests to better visualize the cancer and determine if it has spread:
A PET/CT scan is a procedure in which a positron emission tomography scan and computed tomography scan are done at the same time. It involves injecting radioactive glucose and seeing where in the body it is used most, since malignant tumors need more glucose than normal cells.
City of Hope’s approach to treating gastrointestinal carcinoid tumors starts with a coordinated, multidisciplinary care team whose main goals are helping you live a long, healthy, cancer-free life.
Your care team will discuss a plan that may involve a combination of treatments including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Treatments available to our patients include:
City of Hope is an acknowledged leader in GI carcinoid tumor research and treatment. We are one of only a few dozen centers in the country that treat GI tumors using a comprehensive approach — by a team whose sole focus is treating this type of cancer. Your care includes regular interaction and input from a team that includes surgeons, oncologists, gastroenterologists, radiologists and pathologists — along with nurses, social workers, nutritionists and specially trained support staff. And we provide nutritional counseling, physical therapy and spiritual support at all stages of treatment.
City of Hope’s renowned physicians and researchers use the latest in technology and innovation to treat cancer, coupled with our enduring belief in providing unparalleled compassionate care. If you have been diagnosed with gastrointestinal carcinoid tumors or are looking for a second opinion consultation about your treatment, request an appointment online or contact us at 800-826-HOPE. Please visit Making Your First Appointment for more information.
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Clinical trials – research studies that involve volunteer patients – are a crucial component to developing new, more effective treatments that save lives. Many of today’s standard therapies are based on the results of previous trials, some of which were initiated at City of Hope.
Getting treated for GI carcinoid tumors at City of Hope means you are steps away from labs where new treatments for cancer are being developed every day. That proximity means you benefit from something unique in cancer care — bench to bedside treatment. “Bench to bedside” means innovative research we are conducting in our labs is moved quickly to the bedside to treat our patients. Click the link above for access to our leading-edge clinical trials.
When you come to City of Hope, you automatically gain access to an unparalleled array of support services to help you and your family cope with each challenge in your GI cancer diagnosis and treatment. We can help with all of these concerns, and more:
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