Diagnosing carcinoid tumours

Acarcinoid tumour may be found incidentally for example, as a surgeon is removing an appendix. In this case, the tumour will often be caught early and removed along with the appendix, causing no further problems.

Otherwise, people usually see their GP after they have developed symptoms, and a carcinoid tumour may be diagnosed after carrying out a series of scans and tests, which may include measuring theamount ofserotoninin your urine and having an endoscopy .

You can read more about the tests for carcinoid tumours on theCancer Research UK website.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018