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Neuroendocrine Tumors (NETs)

What are Neuroendocrine Tumors?

Neuroendocrine Tumors are tumors that develop in the cells of neuroendocrine system. The Neuroendocrine system comprises of nerve &gland cells that make hormones and releases them into the blood. A Neuroendocrine Tumor can grow in organs like stomach, bowel, lungs and pancreas. These tumors can be benign or malignant.

Benign tumors grow slowly over a period of many years and they don’t move from their original spot. Malignant tumors grow fast and they have the tendency to spread to other parts of the body.

What causes Neuroendocrine Tumors?

The exact cause of Neuroendocrine Tumors is not known. But you are likely to get this disease if suffer from genetic diseases like:

  • Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1
  • Neurofibromatosis type 1
  • Von Hippel- Lindau syndrome
What are the symptoms of Neuroendocrine Tumors?

The symptoms of Neuroendocrine Tumors depend on the location of tumor.

  • Digestive system – diarrhea, constipation, pain in abdomen
  • Lung – wheezing or persistent cough
How can Neuroendocrine Tumors be treated?

The treatment procedures forNeuroendocrine Tumors include:

  • Surgery
  • Hormone therapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Embolization therapy
  • Targeted therapy
  • Drugs