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Carcinoid Tumors of the Lungs

 

Carcinoid tumors of the lungs are cancerous growths of the neuroendocrine cells in the lungs.

Causes 
The cause for carcinoid tumors is not known.

Symptoms
Symptoms are not always present. They include:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Blood stained cough
  • Pneumonia
  • Breathlessness
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Facial flushing

Treatment

  • Medications: Certain medications may be used to control symptoms resulting due to the tumors.
  • Surgery: It is the most preferred treatment for carcinoids. It may involve removal of the affected part of the lung or the lobe of the lung or the entire lung.
  • Chemotherapy: It may be used if the tumors have spread to other parts of the body.