What is the role of chemotherapy in the treatment of carcinoid tumors?

Updated: Feb 12, 2019
  • Author: Cameron K Tebbi, MD; Chief Editor: Max J Coppes, MD, PhD, MBA  more...
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Answer

If metastasis of carcinoid tumor has occurred and in cases where surgical excision is not suitable, consider treatment with currently recommended chemotherapeutic agents, individually or in combination, such as the following:

  • Alkylating agents

  • Doxorubicin

  • 5-Fluorouracil

  • Dacarbazine

  • Actinomycin D

  • Cisplatin

  • Etoposide

  • Streptozotocin

  • Interferon alfa

  • Somatostatin analogs with a radioactive load   

  • Experimental agents such as  177Lu-Dotatate [25]

See Treatment for more detail.


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