The hormone produced by a neuroendocrine tumour depends upon the part of the body it is in. Due to this, the symptoms of neuroendocrine cancers can differ. Common symptoms of this cancer may include:
Since neuroendocrine cancers are rare, it is often difficult to diagnose them. Your doctor may recommend a series of tests to help diagnose your condition and evaluate various neuroendocrine cancer treatment options.
Diagnostic tests that may be advised to diagnose your neuroendocrine cancer include:
Evaluating the results of the diagnostic tests and presenting signs and symptoms can help your doctor and healthcare team determine how to treat neuroendocrine cancer.
Neuroendocrine cancer treatment options depend upon several factors, including:
A multidisciplinary team will usually manage your neuroendocrine cancer treatment. Surgery is the standard treatment option for this cancer, especially for lung, pancreas, and gut neuroendocrine cancer. In some cases, additional treatments or combination treatments may be required after surgery for neuroendocrine cancer.
Other treatments for neuroendocrine cancers, if surgery is not an option, are:
Stage 4 neuroendocrine cancer is the advanced stage of the condition and is treated differently based upon the tumour’s location.