If the whole tumour can be removed, this may cure the cancer and symptoms altogether. But even if surgeons cannot remove the entire tumour, it usually grows slowly and can be controlled with medication.

Overall,people with carcinoid tumourshave a good life expectancy compared to many other cancers, witharound 70-80%surviving at least five years from diagnosis. Many people remain relatively well and lead active lives, with only occasional symptoms.

Butas the tumourgrows or spreads, it will produce more and more hormones, and it may eventually be difficult to completely control symptoms with medication. You may need further surgery or other treatments.

Unfortunately, life expectancy is not as good for cancer that has spread to other parts of your body, because it won't usually be possible to remove all of it. However, treatment can still control your symptoms and slow down the spread of cancer.

You can read more about the statistics and outlook for carcinoid on the Cancer Research UK website.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018