When a Tumor Turns to Cancer: Here’s What You Need to Know

Carcinoid tumors are very rare tumors that develop slowly in the digestive tract or in the lungs.

In its early stages, there are no symptoms, but as the tumor gets larger, the patient can develop what is called “carcinoid syndrome.” This can cause flushing of the face and chest, breathing problems, and diarrhea. If the tumors have not spread to other tissues, surgery can remove the cancer.

In this fascinating video, carcinoid tumors and carcinoid syndrome are discussed in layman’s terms, so take a look.

You’ll be surprised by some of the information presented.


Erica Zahn

Erica Zahn

Erica Zahn is passionate about raising awareness of rare diseases and disorders and helping people connect with the resources that may ease their journey. Erica has been a caregiver, and is a patient, herself, so she completely relates to the rare disease community--on a deeply personal level.

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