Carcinoid Program for Patients with Difficult-to-Diagnose TumorsKENNER, LA Ochsner Medical Center Kenner announced today the opening of its Carcinoid Program, specializing in the treatment of difficult-to-diagnose, slow-growing neuroendocrine, malignant tumors. This program is a collaborative effort between Ochsner and LSUs Stanley Scott Cancer Center, and is led by a team of the countrys top experts. Neuroendocrine tumors are rare and typically found in the gut. They occur in approximately 1.5 people per 100,000 in the general population (i.e., 2,500 cases/year in the U.S.) The Ochsner Carcinoid Program is one of only five in the nation that treats this malignant condition. These tumors often produce hormonal factors which can cause a wide variety of symptoms, including flushing, palpitations, and diarrhea; making diagnosis difficult, explains Dr. J. Philip Boudreaux, LSUHSC Professor of Surgery and Ochsner physician. However, by combining the expertise of Ochsner and LSU we are increasing the chances of recovery. Our team of nationally recognized physicians, which includes Dr. Eugene Woltering, LSU Professor of Surgery, and Dr. Lowell Anthony, LSU Medical Oncologist, played a vital role in developing the standards for diagnosis and treatment of these tumors; thereby bringing research to the bedside and saving lives. When neuroendocrine tumors are identified correctly and early, they can often be successfully treated through surgical removal and/or with pharmacotherapy; with aggressive therapy, neuroendocrine tumor patients are often fully restored to an active life, says Dr. Boudreaux. Our hope is to bring the best together and save lives at the Ochsner Medical Center Kenner. Neuroendocrine tumors are rare and many patients will travel for treatment. Dr. Boudreaux says Ochsner Medical Center-Kenner is the ideal location for the Carcinoid Program. The facilities are excellent, located close to the airport for our out-of-state patients and convenient access to the interstate for patients from across the state and the Gulf South region.