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The treatment you have depends on a number of things including where the carcinoid is, the size of the tumour and whether it has spread (the stage). A team of doctors and other professionals discuss the best treatment and care for you.

Treatment decisions

Find out how your doctor decides which treatment you need. Includes information about the different types of treatment for carcinoid.


Find out about the type of surgery you might have, how you have it and what to expect after the operation. 


Radiotherapy uses high energy rays to kill cancer cells. Find out about the different types of radiotherapy and how you have them.

Somatostatin analogues

Somatostatin analogues stop your body from making too many hormones. They can reduce the symptoms of carcinoid syndrome and may slow down tumour growth.


Chemotherapy uses anti cancer drugs to destroy cancer cells. Find out when you might have chemotherapy for carcinoid, and how you have it.

Radiofrequency ablation

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) uses radio waves to heat up tumour cells in the liver and destroy them.

Hepatic artery embolisation

Hepatic artery embolisation aims to block the blood supply to a carcinoid tumour that has spread to the liver.

Interferon (Intron A)

Find out what the biological therapy drug interferon is, why you might have it and what the side effects are.

Follow up

Information about follow up appointments and tests after treatment for carcinoid.

Last reviewed: 
02 Jul 2016

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