Optimizing Management of Carcinoid Syndrome in Patients With Neuroendocrine Tumors

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Overview / Abstract:


Carcinoid syndrome refers to a constellation of symptoms caused by the systemic release of humoral factors such as polypeptides, biogenic amines, and prostaglandins, mostly from well-differentiated neuroendocrine tumors. Patients frequently experience flushing, abdominal cramps, bronchospasms, hypotension, and diarrhea, which lead to impaired quality of life and daily functioning. In addition, complications such as carcinoid heart disease and mesenteric and/or retroperitoneal fibrosis increase the risk for morbidity and mortality. In general, patients affected by carcinoid syndrome have a higher tumor burden and lower survival rate compared with those who are not.


Oncology nurses, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and other health care professionals involved in the management carcinoid syndrome in patients with neuroendocrine tumors.


Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

Anticipate the signs and symptoms of carcinoid syndrome in patients with neuroendocrine tumors
Describe potentially life-threatening complications of carcinoid syndrome
Apply supportive care strategies to provide symptom relief for patients with carcinoid syndrome


Mar 08, 2019


Nurse Practitioner , Nursing CNE


Monograph, Online

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Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Pamela Ryan, RN, BSN
Nurse Manager
Neuroendocrine Tumor Program & Infusion Center, Ochsner Medical Center

Donna Williams, RN
Senior Research Nurse
Stanford Medicine

Sponsors / Supporters / Grant Providers

This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Lexicon Pharmaceuticals.

Keywords / Search Terms

i3 Health i3 Health, carcinoid syndrome, neuroendocrine tumors, cancer, oncology, supportive care, CE, free CE, online CE Free CE CME

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