2. How does a doctor locate the carcinoid or neuroendocrine tumor?
This is usually accomplished through the use of imaging scans such as x-rays, computed tomography (CT), or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In some cases, surgery is required to find the tumor. For more on these imaging tests, visit RadiologyInfo.org.
3. How does the doctor tell whether a tumor is benign or cancerous?
In order to determine whether the tumor is benign or cancerous, the doctor will need to perform a biopsy or remove the tumor surgically. The tumor is sent to the laboratory and a pathologist will examine the tumor cells under the microscope.
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