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What are the symptoms and treatment for carcinoid syndrome?

hi, myself shiva from hyderabad,

My father was admitted in hospital stating that he has some carcinoid syndrome effected with multiple mets on the liver and they suggested for Lar injection which is a costly injection.

Now in the biopsy report they stated that suggestive of a possible neoplastic lesion
Mon, 4 Apr 2016
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Thanks for your question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
Carcinoid syndrome is condition in which body produce high levels of serotonin (hormone).
There are many causes for this syndrome but most common cause for this is malignancy (cancer).
Since he is having multiple liver metastases, possibility of lung or intestinal cancer is more.
Lung cancer is likely to produce Carcinoid syndrome with liver metastases, same is true for intestinal cancer.
In any case, prognosis is poor.
Only treatment option is chemotherapy (Lar injections). These injections are costly.
Usual life expectancy is less than 1 year.
With chemotherapy, life expectancy is slightly better, 1.5 years.
Hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help you further. Wishing good health to your father. Thanks.
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