As a robotic lung surgery surgeon, I operate on different types of lung cancer. I use a minimally-invasive robotic lung surgical procedure to remove the cancer. For this article, I wanted to educate and share some facts on lung carcinoid tumors, which are also referred to ask lung carcinoids.
- Lung carcinoid tumors are not a common type of lung cancer.
- This type of lung cancer is slow growing.
- This cancer starts in the neuroendocrine cells found in the lungs.
- The exact cause of this type of cancer is unknown.
- One to two percent of lung cancers are carcinoids.
- This tumor is more common in the digestive tract than lungs.
- Only 2 out of 10 carcinoid tumors start in the lungs.
- People with carcinoid tumors generally get them at a younger age than those with other types of lung cancer. The average age for a typical carcinoid is at 45 years old while the average age for an atypical carcinoid is 55 years old.
- The five-year survival rate for stage 1 carcinoids is 93%, the five-year survival rate for stage II carcinoids is 85%, the five-year survival rate for stage III carcinoids is 75%, and the five-year survival rate for stage IV carcinoids is 57%.
- Two out of three people with carcinoid tumors will have symptoms, which may take several years to appear.
- Symptoms of carcinoid tumors include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest pain, trouble breathing, weakness, facial flushing.
Book an Appointment with a Lung Surgeon in Tampa
If you have an early stage of lung carcinoids, you have a high five-year survival rate if you seek treatment.
Don’t delay, talk to a lung surgeon to see if you are a candidate to get the tumor removed surgically.
Dr. Peter Mikhail is a robotic lung surgeon who performs minimally-invasive robotic lung surgery to remove lung cancer from patients. He will examine you and determine if you are a good candidate for this type of surgery.
To learn more about robotic lung surgery, click Dr. Mikhail’s Tampa Robotic Lung Surgery page or call his office at 727-312-4844 to book an appointment or for more information. Dr. Mikhail has offices in Tampa and New Port Richey, Florida.