Sometimes called “cancer in slow motion,” gastrointestinal carcinoid tumors are rare, diagnosed in about 8,000 Americans each year. Left untreated, these tumors can disrupt your normal digestion and lead to a more serious condition known as carcinoid syndrome.

If you've been diagnosed with carcinoid tumors of the digestive tract, talk to us. It's important to learn about your options and take action right away. Survival rates are high, especially when the disease is detected early.

Our world-class team of specialists can answer your questions, address your concerns, and deliver personalized, innovative treatments against the disease.

At City of Hope, we are committed to treating the whole person, body and soul. We have an unmatched reputation for coordinated, compassionate care. We bring together a broad array of cancer expertise from multiple disciplines, all under one roof:

  • State-of-the-art diagnostic tools including 3D CT scans and endoscopic ultrasound
  • Minimally-invasive, robotically-assisted surgery options that uses smaller incisions, reducing blood loss and recovery time
  • Surgical specialists that can resect difficult tumors with minimal impact to surrounding normal tissues
  • Ultra-precise radiation therapy including Helical TomoTherapy and Brachytherapy to target tumors and preserve healthy tissue
  • Targeted drugs and drug combinations for greater effectiveness and fewer side effects
  • Pioneering drug research and clinical trials

Additionally, City of Hope patients have access to our extensive team of supportive care experts - including dieticians, supportive medicine physicians and rehabilitation specialists. Working closely with the patient’s primary care team, they can detect and address quality of life issues related to carcinoid tumors and their treatments. This includes managing symptoms (such as pain, nausea and fatigue), adjusting to a new diet and lifestyle post-treatment (particularly following more extensive treatments) and being aware of possible long-term effects.

Nationally Ranked Cancer Center

As one of a handful of institutes to attain the elite designation of Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is acknowledged as a leader in gastrointestinal carcinoid tumor research and treatment. With our decades of experience, specialized therapy protocols and extensive program of clinical trials, newly diagnosed or relapsed patients can find a treatment regimen that is tailored to their needs and gives them the best chance for survival. U.S. News & World Report also named City of Hope as one of the top cancer hospitals in the country.

In collaboration with other departments and cancer centers, City of Hope’s gastrointestinal carcinoid cancer program has an active portfolio of clinical trials studying novel treatments, including trials of new surgery, radiation and drug therapy regimens that are more effective against the disease and/or less harmful to the patient. Many of these promising therapies are only available to patients being treated at City of Hope.


Care Team

City of Hope’s renowned physicians and researchers utilize 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.

Yi-Jen Chen, M.D., Ph.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Radiation Oncology
Vincent Chung, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Medical Oncology
Donald S David, M.D., F.A.C.G.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Gastroenterology
Marwan G. Fakih, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Medical Oncology
Lily Lai, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Surgical Oncology
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Dheeraj Lal, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Gastroenterology
Dean W. Lim, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Medical Oncology
James L Lin, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Gastroenterology
Laleh Melstrom, M.D.,M.S.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Melanoma and Sarcoma
  • Liver Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
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Stephen M. Sentovich, M.D., MBA

Clinical Specialties:

  • Colon and Rectal Surgery

Tests & Treatments

Every patient is different, with different needs. City of Hope treats you as a valued individual. Our entire team works together to bring you precise, state-of-the-art surgical, chemotherapy, radiation, hormone and other options that will deliver the best outcome for you. We support you every step of the way, both during treatment and long after, helping you and your loved ones manage your recovery.

Learn more about Robotic-Assisted Surgery, Chemotherapy, Radiation and other options:

Clinical Trials

At City of Hope, we offer access to drug, surgical and other clinical trials aimed at improving survival rates and enhancing quality of life. Browse through some of our clinical trials and research projects below:


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 stomach cancer diagnosis and treatment. We can help with all of these concerns, and more:

  • Poor appetite and trouble eating/drinking
  • Managing pain, fatigue, nausea
  • Adjusting to new diet and lifestyle habits
  • Your emotional, social and spiritual well-being
  • Palliative care
  • Staying healthy and active
  • Healthy cooking and eating
  • Healing arts
  • Caregiver skills
  • Dealing with family stress
  • Navigating the health care system

Learn more about these resources at our Living with Cancer or Supportive Care Medicine sites.

Support the Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Cancer Program

It takes the help of a lot of caring people to make hope a reality for our patients. City of Hope was founded by individuals' philanthropic efforts more than 100 years ago. Their efforts − and those of our supporters today − have built the foundation for the care we provide and the research we conduct. It enables us to strive for new breakthroughs and better therapies − helping more people enjoy longer, better lives.

For more information on supporting this specific program, please contact us below.

Joe Komsky
Senior Development Officer
Phone: 626-218-6291
Email: [email protected]

Or, you can make a gift to support all the research at City of Hope by donating online.


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