Dr. Sanderson discusses the differences between carcinoid and neuroendocrine tumors.
Carcinoid tumor is another subtype of malignancy that can develop in the lungs. Many of those are benign in their behavior. They oftentimes do not spread. It was thought at one time that carcinoid tumors were benign but it is recognized that some of those can spread and behave as any malignant lung cancer.
The neural endocrine features of carcinoid and sometimes shared with small cell lung cancer is that they can develop, they can secrete a hormone like substance that they can elaborate peptides that behave like hormones in our bodies and can cause side effects unrelated to the presence of the malignity itself.
About Dr. Sanderson, M.D.:
Dr. David R. Sanderson, M.D., practices at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, specializing in pulmonary care. Dr. Sanderson attended the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. He completed his residency and fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
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