2. How does a healthcare practitioner 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 healthcare practitioner tell whether a tumor is benign or cancerous?
In order to determine whether the tumor is benign or cancerous, the healthcare practitioner will need to perform a biopsy or remove the tumor surgically. The tumor is sent to the laboratory, where a pathologist examines the tumor cells under the microscope and makes a diagnosis. (For more on this, read the article on Anatomic Pathology.)
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