Why do carcinoid tumors have a high potential for metastasis?

Updated: Feb 12, 2019
  • Author: Cameron K Tebbi, MD; Chief Editor: Max J Coppes, MD, PhD, MBA  more...
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Carcinoid tumors have high potential for metastasis. These cells produce a significant amount of beta-catenin, which enables the tumor cell adhesion, thus promoting metastasis. Induction of Raf1 results in decreased adhesion of carcinoid cells and may be important in the metastatic process. [37]


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