Carcinoid Tumor: Latest Research

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 10/2017

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. Use the menu to see other pages.

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 best diagnostic and treatment options for you.

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

    Specifically, there are promising results from 2 ongoing clinical trials on carcinoid tumor treatment. The first study is NETTER-1. This is a phase III clinical trial evaluating a new drug called lutetium-dotatate (Lutathera). This clinical trial showed that lutetium-dotatate benefitted patients. 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 additional research is still underway to find out more about these drugs.

  • Genetics. As outlined in Risk Factors, 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.

Looking for More About the Latest Research?

If you would like additional information about the latest areas of research regarding carcinoid tumors, explore these related items that take you outside of this guide:

  • To find clinical trials specific to your diagnosis, talk with your doctor or search online clinical trial databases now. Please note this link will take you outside of this guide.

  • Visit the website of the Conquer Cancer Foundation to find out how to help support cancer research. Please note that this link takes you to a separate ASCO website. 

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. You may use the menu to choose a different section to read in this guide.