Cancer Care

Effective treatment for carcinoid tumors

Carcinoid tumors are a rare form of cancer that develop in neuroendocrine cells. These cells have traits of both nerve cells and hormone-producing cells, and are scattered throughout the body.

The digestive tract has the most neuroendocrine cells, making it a common site for carcinoid tumors. They can also occur in the appendix and lungs, and more rarely, the liver, ovaries and testicles.

Wherever the location of your carcinoid tumor, Goshen Center for Cancer Care can help. As the first comprehensive cancer center in northern Indiana, our team of specialists are equipped to treat your carcinoid tumor in Goshen, IN. We pair the latest methods with naturopathic medicine and other integrative therapies to care for your mind, body and spirit.

If you want treatment that addresses more than your cancer, request an appointment or call (888) 492-4673 (HOPE) to talk with our oncology information specialists.

Recognizing carcinoid tumor symptoms

Since carcinoid tumors grow slowly, they rarely cause symptoms in the early stages. When they do occur, symptoms are vague and difficult to diagnose. Symptoms begin to appear as the tumor grows.

Signs and symptoms of carcinoid tumors affecting the digestive tract include:

  • Abdominal or rectal pain
  • Bloating
  • Bloody stool or change in stool color
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea, vomiting or heartburn
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Yellow skin or eyes

Carcinoid cancer in the lungs can cause shortness of breath, wheezing and chest pain.

Since many conditions cause these symptoms, it’s important to see your doctor for an accurate diagnosis. Whether or not you have cancer, earlier treatment generally leads to a better outcome.

How our experts treat carcinoid cancer

When you come to Goshen Center for Cancer Care, our team explains your treatment options, which are determined by the stage and location of the cancer.

Surgery is the main treatment regardless of the site, and it may be the only necessary treatment. Hormone therapy is another option, especially if the cancer has spread. Our doctors also sometimes use radioactive medications. Traditional radiation therapy and chemotherapy aren't effective against carcinoid tumors.

We treat cancer differently than any other center in the region. With our integrative therapies, patient navigation program and cancer survivor network, we treat cancer from all angles while prioritizing your quality of life. Call (888) 492-4673 (HOPE) today.

Serving patients from Warsaw, Fort Wayne, South Bend and beyond, Goshen Center for Cancer Care treats all types of carcinoid cancer in Goshen, IN.