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.

About 10 percent of children with multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1) develop carcinoid tumors.

How we care for carcinoid tumors

Children with carcinoid tumors are treated at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders through our Endocrine-Oncology Program in conjunction with our Solid Tumor Center. Our integrated pediatric oncology service offers 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.

Our areas of research for carcinoid tumors

Children who are treated through our Endocrine-Oncology Program benefit from the work of our basic and clinical researchers, who are striving to understand the scientific causes of endocrine cancers. Their work can result in the introduction of new treatment options. We are a world leader in translational research, bringing laboratory advances to the bedside and into doctors’ offices as quickly as possible.

For many children with rare or hard-to-treat conditions, clinical trials provide new options.