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Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumor and Receiving Social Security Disability

The building blocks of your body are cells. This is where cancer originates. When your body is functioning correctly, old cells die at the proper time and are replaced by new cells as you need them. Sometimes, this process does not work right. Old cells do not die like they ought to, and new cells are produced even when they are not needed. A tumor (mass) can be made by these excess cells. They can be either benign or malignant. Benign tumors are not cancer. Malignant tumors are cancer. A carcinoid tumor is classified as a neuroendocrine tumor. This means that these tumors begin in cells of your neuroendocrine system that make hormones. Because of this, a carcinoid tumor can also produce hormones and cause serious illness. A gastrointestinal carcinoid tumor is a cancer that begins in your gastrointestinal tract. It starts in the lining of your gastrointestinal tract. Your gastrointestinal tract is made up of your small intestine, large intestine and stomach. These organs are a part of your digestive system. It is estimated that between 11,000 and 12,000 people are diagnosed with a carcinoid tumor each year in the United States. Of this number, about two-thirds of these begin in the gastrointestinal tract. A gastrointestinal carcinoid tumor results from errors or mutations in a particular kind of cell in the lining of your gastrointestinal tract that produces hormones. These are the hormones that help regulate your digestive juices and the muscles that send food through your stomach and intestines. However, no one knows for sure what causes these errors or mutations to occur in these cells. Often, a gastrointestinal carcinoid tumor causes no signs or symptoms in the early stages of its development. These tumors usually grow slowly. If the cancer spreads (metastasizes) to other parts of your body, something known as carcinoid syndrome can happen. Signs and symptoms caused by carcinoid syndrome that you may experience include: You or a loved one may have a gastrointestinal carcinoid tumor. This disease may be why you or your loved one is disabled and in need of financial assistance. Have you or your loved one applied for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits from the Social Security Administration because of the disability caused by a gastrointestinal carcinoid tumor? Have you done this already, and you or your loved one was denied by the Social Security Administration? If you or your loved one appeals the denial by the Social Security Administration, think about this. People who are represented by a disability lawyer like the one at are approved more often than those people without an attorney. Do not wait. Contact the disability lawyer at, today.