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Carcinoid tests in general

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This page tells you about what happens if your doctor thinks you may have carcinoid (a neuroendocrine tumour).

 

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Carcinoid tests in general

Most people begin by seeing their GP. They will examine you, and ask about your general health and symptoms.

Your GP may arrange for you to have more tests and X-rays at a hospital. You may need to see a specialist first. The type of specialist you see will depend on your symptoms. If you have symptoms of bowel or stomach problems you will see a gastroenterologist or a gastro intestinal surgeon. If you have symptoms related to your breathing, you will see a doctor who specialises in lung diseases (a chest or respiratory physician).

Tests at the hospital

The specialist will ask about your medical history and symptoms, and examine you again. Your specialist will also arrange any tests that you need. Again, these will depend on your symptoms. We have information about

  • Tests for carcinoid of the bowel or stomach (also called gastro intestinal neuroendocrine tumours)
  • Tests for carcinoid of the lung

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Seeing your GP

Most people begin by seeing their GP. They will examine you, ask about your general health and symptoms, including

  • What symptoms you are having
  • When you get them
  • Whether anything you do makes them better or worse

Your GP may arrange for you to have more tests and X-rays at a hospital. You may need to see a specialist first. The type of specialist you see will depend on your symptoms. If you have symptoms of bowel or stomach problems you will see a gastroenterologist or a gastro intestinal surgeon. If you have symptoms related to your breathing, you will see a doctor who specialises in lung diseases (a chest or respiratory physician).

 

Tests at the hospital

The specialist will

  • Ask about your medical history and symptoms
  • Examine you again

Your specialist will also arrange any tests that you need. Again, these will depend on your symptoms. On the following pages, we have information on

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Updated: 23 May 2016