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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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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