Carcinoid Tumors

What are carcinoid tumors?

Carcinoid tumors are a type of neuroendocrine tumor that can develop in the appendix, gastrointestinal tract, or lungs. These tumors are occasionally found growing in the appendix after it is removed during an episode of appendicitis.

The majority of carcinoid tumors in children are small, slow-growing, and benign. In rare cases, these tumors can grow more quickly and spread to other sites in the body.

How we approach carcinoid tumors at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s

Children with carcinoid tumors are treated at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's through our Endocrine-Oncology Program in conjunction with our Solid Tumor Center. Our integrated pediatric oncology service offers—in one specialized program—the combined expertise of a leading cancer center and a premier children’s hospital. We build a team to treat your child consisting of oncologists, endocrinologists, genetic counselors, and surgeons.

Find in-depth information on carcinoid tumors on the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s website, including answers to:

  • What are the causes and symptoms of carcinoid tumors?
  • How are carcinoid tumors diagnosed?
  • What are the treatments for carcinoid tumors?
  • What is the latest research on carcinoid tumors?
  • What is the long-term outlook for carcinoid tumors?