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Carcinoid Lung Tumor (cont.)

Carcinoid Lung Tumor Treatment

Medical Treatment

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.

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