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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Tumors
Tumor growth in the brain
Answer: 20% growth doesn't mean 80% necessarily. Cells have the ability to rest without dying. This is the complicating factor. Take the total, subtract the deaths, add in a factor for return of the "resting" cells, and put in an exponential factor. It should be close anyway.
Answer: Carcinoid tumors usually occur in the GI tract. Although one of the more common tumors of the GI tract, they are fairly infrequent. The cause is not clear, although one variety tends to have a familial or genetic predisposition. They often secrete substances that produce different types of symptoms and are often the way that they are detected, especially if small. They tend to be slow growing and only rarely malignant. However, they can reoccur and produce problems by the size and position of the tumor. Recurrent surgery is occasionally necessary. Recently, a drug called octreotide has been used to suppress some of the symptoms of carcinoid secreting tumors. Since a subgroup of these tumors occurs in families, you should inform your physician that your mother has a carcinoid. This group is called MEN Type one. He/she should be familiar with this syndrome.