If someone you care for has been diagnosed with gastrointestinal carcinoid tumor, remember that this type of cancer can often be cured if it is detected early, and even if it has spread, it grows at such a slow pace that a person with gastrointestinal carcinoid tumor may live for another 10 or 15 years.
In the meantime, gastrointestinal carcinoid tumor can cause symptoms such as facial flushing and diarrhea. A person living with gastrointestinal carcinoid tumor may need to take medications to relieve these symptoms, and possibly avoid alcohol, stress, and other things that worsen the problem. Help your loved one by keeping them calm and abstaining from alcohol together. People with cancer find different ways of dealing with it, but learning about the disease and finding a support group can help, so encourage your loved one to take these steps.