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:

What are the symptoms of Neuroendocrine Tumors?

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

Functioning tumors result in the release of abnormally large amounts of hormones into the blood and produces symptoms like diarrhea, redness/warmth in the face or neck without sweating, high blood pressure, cramping, heart problems and low blood sugar.

How can Neuroendocrine Tumors be treated?

The treatment procedures forNeuroendocrine Tumors include:

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