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Is a carcinoid tumor serious?

If a carcinoid tumor is small and localized, it can normally be completely removed by surgery. However, because a carcinoid tumor grows slowly, it is often undetected until its size makes it a poor candidate for surgical removal. An advanced tumor causes some people to experience hormonal imbalances that result in a variety of problems including facial redness, abdominal pain, and shortness of breath. Even if the tumor has spread or metastasized, its slow growth means people often survive 10 to 15 years with the disease.

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