Neuroendocrine Tumor

Neuroendocrine tumors are abnormal growths that originate in specialized cells called neuroendocrine cells, which have traits similar to those of nerve cells and hormone-producing cells.

Neuroendocrine tumors are rare and can occur anywhere in the body, though most occur in the lungs, appendix, small intestine, rectum, or pancreas.

Because different types of neuroendocrine tumors affect different parts of the body, symptoms can vary greatly. They may include a growing lump that can be felt under the skin, feeling unusually tired, unintentional weight loss, diarrhea, frequent urination, increased thirst, or dizziness.

Patients with neuroendocrine tumors may be treated by doctors in the GW Cancer Center’s Neuro Oncology Program or Gastrointestinal Cancers Program depending on the tumor’s location.