Carcinoid Tumor: Latest Research

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 08/2016

ON THIS PAGE: You will read about the scientific research being done now to learn more about this type of tumor and how to treat it. To see other pages, use the menu.

Doctors are working to learn more about carcinoid tumors, ways to prevent them, how to best treat them, and how to provide the best care to people diagnosed with this type of tumor. The following areas of research may include new options for patients through clinical trials. Always talk with your doctor about the diagnostic and treatment options best for you.

  • New treatment approaches. Currently, many clinical trials for carcinoid tumors are studying new drugs and drug combinations. New approaches to drug treatment include targeted therapy and immunotherapy as described in the Treatment Options section.

    Specifically, there are promising results from 2 ongoing clinical trials on carcinoid tumor treatment. The first study is NETTER-1, and this is a Phase III clinical trial evaluating a new drug called Lutetium-DOTATATE (Lutathera). The second study, RADIANT-4, is also a Phase III clinical trial, evaluating the targeted therapy drug everolimus (Afinitor). Listen to a podcast from January 2016 discussing these 2 studies. These drugs are not approved, and research is still underway to find out more about these developments. 

  • Genetics. As outlined in the Risk Factors section, family history of MEN1 may play a role in an individual’s risk for developing a carcinoid tumor. Researchers are investigating MEN1 to learn more about this hereditary risk factor.

  • Palliative care. Clinical trials are underway to find better ways of reducing symptoms and side effects of current carcinoid tumor treatments to improve patients’ comfort and quality of life.

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The next section in this guide is Coping with Treatment. It offers some guidance in how to cope with the physical, emotional, and social changes that a carcinoid tumor and its treatment can bring. Or, use the menu to choose another section to continue reading this guide.