About Carcinoid Cancer Foundation
The Carcinoid Cancer Foundation (CCF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and supporting research and education concerning carcinoid tumors and carcinoid syndrome. A carcinoid tumor is a rare, slow-growing form of cancer characterized by overgrowth of certain cells that secrete serotonin, a naturally occurring derivative of the amino acid tryptophan. Serotonin has many functions including regulating activity of the intestinal tract. In some cases, individuals with carcinoid tumors may experience abnormally increased secretion of serotonin, resulting in carcinoid syndrome. In individuals with carcinoid syndrome, associated symptoms may include intense flushing of the face and upper body, wheezing, weight loss, severe diarrhea, and, in some cases, ulcer-like symptoms and/or eventual heart failure. The Carcinoid Cancer Foundation was established in 1968 to support research that will improve the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of carcinoid tumor and carcinoid syndrome. It also provides understandable information to affected individuals and family members, engages in professional education, and offers networking services to affected families.