Carcinoid syndrome can be treated using hormone therapy with a somatostatin analogue to lessen diarrhoea and skin flushing.
Interferon can be used to treat the symptoms of neuroendocrine tumours (NETs) and may also control the growth of the tumour. It is given as an injection under the skin, and can help to lessen skin flushing and diarrhoea.
“Alcohol is one of the things that NETs patients are told to avoid. I also worked out that if you have had liver surgery, it cannot be good a thing to be pumping alcohol into your liver.”
View the practical tips and tools section of this website for non-medical ways to manage carcinoid syndrome symptoms, such as avoiding alcohol, eating certain foods to reduce diarrhoea or skin flushing, and for tips on reducing stress.
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Patient support groups for NETs can often provide social and emotional support
View a list of specialist NETs clinics and NETs hospital units in Europe