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Carcinoid Lung Tumor (cont.)

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There is no medical therapy for the treatment of carcinoid lung tumor.

Surgery is the primary treatment for carcinoid lung tumors.

  • Chemotherapy (using medications to kill cancer cells) and radiation therapy (using high-dose X-rays or other high-energy rays to kill cancer cells) have been used in the treatment of carcinoid lung tumors that have spread; however, no success has been achieved.
  • A response rate of 30%-35% has been reported using a combination of the drugs 5-fluorouracil (Adrucil) and streptozotocin.
  • If the patient is having symptoms associated with carcinoid syndrome (for example, flushing, diarrhea) he or she may be given a drug called octreotide (Sandostatin). Octreotide is not a cure; it is used only when the disease has spread and the patient has symptoms associated with carcinoid syndrome.
  • Another drug (MIBG) is taken up by carcinoid cells and damages them. Researchers are studying MIBG to see if it is effective in the treatment of carcinoid lung tumors.
  • In some malignant cases, the tumor can spread to the liver. If this is a solitary mass, it may be treated with chemotherapy directed at the hepatic artery feeding the location of the tumor.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/19/2014

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