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Neuroendocrine Tumors

Overview:

Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) form in cells that interact with the nervous system or in glands that produce hormones. These cells, called neuroendocrine cells, can be found throughout the body, but NETs are most often found in the abdomen, especially in the gastrointestinal tract. These tumors may also be found in the lungs, pancreas and adrenal glands. NETs often don’t cause symptoms early in the disease process. When symptoms are present, they may be similar to those caused by more common conditions. Signs and symptoms of NETs include flushing in the face or neck without sweating, diarrhea, shortness of breath, high blood pressure, fatigue, abdominal pain, wheezing, and high and low glucose levels.

Who treats Neuroendocrine Tumors?

Medical oncologists, endocrinologists, gastroenterologists, pathologists, surgeons, transplant specialists, radiologists, nuclear medicine specialists, genetic specialists, and radiation oncologists

Treatment options:

  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Hormone therapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Peptide Receptor Radionuclide Therapy (PRRT)

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Source: Cancer Treatment Centers of America


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