Neuroendocrine cells are nerve cells which are specialised in generating certain types of hormones. This form of cancer is rare with two main sub-groups; carcinoid tumours and gastroenteropancreatic tumours. These tumours may be hormone secreting (functioning) or non hormone secreting (non functioning).
Your doctor/consultants will be able to discuss your condition with you following diagnosis and advise of treatment options.
Things to look out for
Symptoms include but are not limited to:
- Skin flushes
- Shortness of breath and/or wheezing
You are likely to experience further symptoms but these are dependent on where in the body the tumour has occurred.
What treatments are available?
The treatments for neuroendocrine tumours are:
You may have one of these treatments, or a combination. The type or combination of treatments you have will depend on how the cancer was diagnosed and the stage it's at.
The consultant diagnostic and interventional radiologists at Christie Oncology Imaging will be able to provide diagnostic CT, PET/CT and MRI scans which will help to diagnose, stage monitor neuroendocrine tumour response to surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. We also provide US/CT guided biopsy to obtain tissue samples which will help to tailor chemotherapy and other treatments to specific tumour characteristics. We may be able to offer an interventional oncology procedure such as biliary procedure, liver vascular procedure (SIRT, TACE), and percutaneous ablation.
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