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Doctor insights on: Medicine For Neuroendocrine Tumor

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How long do people live after a neuroendocrine tumor has spread postop?

How long do people live after a neuroendocrine tumor has spread postop?

Too vague: Neuroendocrine tumors can be fatal in a short time span
depends on grade of cancer ...Read more

Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more


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If you've had one neuroendocrine tumor is it likely you will get another one somewhere else?

If you've had one neuroendocrine tumor is it likely you will get another one somewhere else?

Possible: Neuronendocrine tumors an occur as a part of some familial tumor syndromes.
multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 and 2 (MEN1 and MEN 2), von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease, neurofibromatosis type 1
tuberous sclerosis etc. ...Read more

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I had a malignant pancreatc neuroendocrine tumor removed ten months ago, how likely is it that I will get another tumor and what are the signs?

I had a malignant pancreatc neuroendocrine tumor removed ten months ago, how likely is it that I will get another tumor and what are the signs?

May have no symptoms: If it was caught early and removed completely, you have a good chance of it never coming back. Nets can cause symptoms, or they can be silent, non-functional tumors. So the best way to improve your odds is to get a ct or MRI every 6 months to check for recurrence - which occurs most commonly in the liver. If it does come back, repeat surgery may be possible. ...Read more

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I have primary hyperparathyroidism. My lipase and amylasec ranges from borderline high to x 6 u.L. Since 2006. The pancreatic polypeptide was x 3 u.L. In 2013. The CT wasnormal. Could I have neuroendocrine tumor or men-1?

I have primary hyperparathyroidism. My lipase and amylasec ranges from borderline high to x 6 u.L. Since 2006. The pancreatic polypeptide was x 3 u.L. In 2013. The CT wasnormal. Could I have neuroendocrine tumor or men-1?

Not unlikely: Neuroendocrine tumors can be difficult to detect. If the symptoms persist or worsen, there are more sophisticated imaging modalities available to look for occult tumors, including gallium 68. If you have other family members who have been diagnosed with pancreatic or adrenal tumors and/or hyperparathyroidism, men1 would be possible. ...Read more

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What about neuroendocrine (islet cell tumors)?

What about neuroendocrine (islet cell tumors)?

Interesting tumor: Overally, neuroendocrine tumors are often capable of over-producing hormones that your body naturally makes. Islet cells are cells that are naturally present in the pancreas and produce a number of hormones, most notably insulin. Insulin helps you break down and digest sugars. Patients with an islet cell tumor can produce too much Insulin resulting in weight & gain and low blood sugars. ...Read more

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Are all pituitary tumors considered to be neuroendocrine in nature, and are craniopharyngiomas?

Are all pituitary tumors considered to be neuroendocrine in nature, and are craniopharyngiomas?

I would say not: Hi. No, I would say pituitary tumors aren't neuroendocrine (NE) tumors (nor are craniopharyngeomas). Generally the term "neuroendocrine" refers to nerve cells that secrete hormones. Examples would be hypothalamic neurons regulating the anterior pituitary, cells of the posterior pituitary, the adrenal medulla. A classic NE tumor is a carcinoid tumor; there are many examples, but not pit. Adenomas. ...Read more

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I was just told I had a neuroendocrine neoplasm tumor in my gallbladder. What can I do?

I was just told I had a neuroendocrine neoplasm tumor in my gallbladder. What can I do?

Referral: You should be seen by an oncologist, as well as an experienced hepatic surgeon. Multiple treatment options are available. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm a 27 years old and was just told I had a neuroendocrine neoplasm tumor in my gallbladder?

What to do if I'm a 27 years old and was just told I had a neuroendocrine neoplasm tumor in my gallbladder?

Resect widely: The neuroendocrine tumor in the GB is the same as in small bowel or in pancreas--the carcinoid tumor. It must be widely resected and chemo given as with the same tumor, small cell of the lung. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm a 27 years old and was just told I had a neuroendocrine neoplasm tumor in my gallbladder.?

What to do if I'm a 27 years old and was just told I had a neuroendocrine neoplasm tumor in my gallbladder.?

Total removal: Usually the neuroendocrine tumors like carcinoid of the small bowel are diagnosied after resection. If you had a GB removal and the tumor with liver margins have been removed, fine. If not an attempt at total resection is required. Chemo may be offered prophylactically if the disease was extensive enough. Well known individual had pancreatic neuroendocrine, which then spread to liver. ...Read more

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Can neuroendocrine tumors occur outside of the colon in setting of CT & Octreotide scan showing in cecum but colonoscopy shows nothing in this area?

Can neuroendocrine tumors occur outside of the colon in setting of CT & Octreotide scan showing in cecum but colonoscopy shows nothing in this area?

Tumors and HTN: 40 F asks: Can neuroendocrine tumors occur outside of the colon in setting of CT & Octreotide scan showing in cecum but colonoscopy shows nothing in this area? ANS: Yes but these diseases are very rare and variable recommend you see a team that specializes it in your area one of the best is in Houston at the big cancer center. ...Read more

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Is it true that excessive drug use causative of tumors?

Is it true that excessive drug use causative of tumors?

No: Malignancies are characterized by mutational changes in the gene structure, that is activating oncogenes. Carcinogens like benzene and viruses like the HPV, hepatitis virus, MMTV virus in breast cancer induce the genetic changes needed to induce malignancy, possibly with the EBV virus. Drug use, unless containing carcinogens do not cause cancer. ...Read more

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What drug inhibits estrogen-mediated tumor growth?

What drug inhibits estrogen-mediated tumor growth?

2 means: Hi. Estrogen receptor antagonists, like tamoxifen or raloxifine, or aromatase inhibitors, which prevent the endogenous synthesis of estrogen, are the two major categories. The main estrogen-driven tumors are ER + beast CA and endometrial CA. Good luck, and beat the CA! ...Read more

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What drug inhibits estrogen-mediated tumor growth?

What drug inhibits estrogen-mediated tumor growth?

Tamoxifen: Tamoxifen has been the standard drug that blocks estrogen receptors in patients whose tumors are considered ER+ A new type of anti-estrogen drug appears to work better than the estrogen-blocking drug tamoxifen. Exemestane (Aromasin), belongs to a class of drugs called aromatase inhibitors. But, for exemestane to work in premenopausal women, the drug can only be given when ovarian function is being suppressed. The Aromatase inhibitors, work by preventing other hormones from changing into estrogen, which fuels certain cancer growths ...Read more

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Can you tell me what became of the investigational drug amn-107 for gist tumors?

Can you tell me what became of the investigational drug amn-107 for gist tumors?

Amn-107 is TASIGNA (nilotinib): Amn 107 tasigna (nilotinib) is used for CML (chronic myeloidleukemia) especially if resistant to Gleevec fda did not aprove for gastointestinal stromal cell tumors (gist). ...Read more

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What medicine helps a pituitary tumor?

What medicine helps a pituitary tumor?

Depends: It matters what the pituitary tumor produces. Often, bromocritpine is used for prolactinomas. Discuss with a good endocrinologist. ...Read more

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What are the best medicines for treatment of desmoid tumors?

What are the best medicines for treatment of desmoid tumors?

Antiestogens: Desmoid tumors are low grade fibrous tumors that occur on the abdominal wall or extra abdominally. Surgical resection with margins indicated. Pharmacologic therapy with antiestrogens (tamoxifen) and prostaglandin inhibitors may also be used.
In cases of recurrent extra-abdominal desmoid tumors a chemotherapeutic regimen of doxorubicin, dacarbazine, and carboplatin may be effective ...Read more

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Do brain tumors respond to any kind of OTC medicine?

Do brain tumors respond to any kind of OTC medicine?

Not usually: Primary brain tumors do not usually react to otc medications other than tylenol (acetaminophen) for the headaches they can cause. Fortunately, the chemotherapy for these tumors is usually very well tolerated and is a pill that does not require you to come to the hospital. ...Read more

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What methods or medicines can inhibit tumor ageogenesis?

What methods or medicines can inhibit tumor ageogenesis?

Several: Normal tissue needs blood vessels for growth nutrients to cells, development of blood vessels called angiogensis, same thing to tumors which is not good as giving more water to weeds, you need weed killer selectively cut off blood supply to tumors, . This the newer concept in treatment, few available & several drugs are on pipe line, anti angiogenrsis drugs. To attack the cancer cells choke them. ...Read more

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Can vascular tumors in infants be treated with a drug called vincristine?

Can vascular tumors in infants be treated with a drug called vincristine?

Maybe: Vincristine is approved for use in pediatric patients. Depending on the type of tumor this drug may be beneficial. ...Read more

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Are there any new treatments or drugs that can help with tumor lysis syndrome?

Are there any new treatments or drugs that can help with tumor lysis syndrome?

Yes there are: There are a few good drugs which can prevent tumor lysis syndrome when they are used early on, along with the chemotherapy. Most of these stop production of uric acid and there is a brand new one released a couple of years back and it works wonders. ...Read more

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What happens if the bone tumor is detected as cancerous then what is the probability that she will recover with medicine?

What happens if the bone tumor is detected as cancerous then what is the probability that she will recover with medicine?

Depends on primary: Depends what the primary site causing the metastasis is. When tumors of the lung spread to bone, even with standard chemotherapy, the prognosis is poor though improving with some of the immunologic agents like the PD-1's. With breast cancer to bone, most patients receiving hormone therapy or chemo if triple negative can survive for 10 yrs. ...Read more

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What drugs target tumor blood vessels?

What drugs target tumor blood vessels?

Avastin (bevacizumab): Drugs have been developed that antagonize vascular endothelial growth factors or receptors for such growth factors. ...Read more

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What are the best drugs for metastatic brain tumor?

What are the best drugs for metastatic brain tumor?

Not a simple answer: The type of drug to treat a metastatic brain tumor depends on the type of tumor. Drugs to treat metastatic breast cancer are very different than those used to treat malignant melanoma which are different than those used to treat lung cancer metastasis to the brain. ...Read more

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Could breast tumors be eliminated with drugs without any operation?

Could breast tumors be eliminated with drugs without any operation?

Sometimes: Sometimes when chemotherapy or estrogen-blockers are given prior to surgery, it completely eradicates the tumor in the breast. However the only way to prove that is to do the surgery to examine the tissue on a microscopic level. Imaging tests are not accurate enough to tell you that the tumor is gone with certainty. ...Read more

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Hello my brother suffering from brain tumor which is 5mm in size. Is it easily curable from medicine?

Hello my brother suffering from brain tumor which is 5mm in size. Is it easily curable from medicine?

Need to know more: About the tumor. Some tumors can be watched, if believed to be benign. Others cannot be definitely diagnosed by imaging and may need to be biopsied or removed. Then decisions about additional treatment can be made. Please make sure the patient's doctor is involved. A neurologist and neurosurgeon may also need to be involved. ...Read more

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If a headache is relieved with over-the-counter medicine, can it still be a brain tumor?

If a headache is relieved with over-the-counter medicine, can it still be a brain tumor?

Yes: A headache related to a brain tumor can be relieved by otc medicines.

New or changed headache, worsening headaches, vision changes/blurriness, nausea/vomiting, and sometimes balance problems are the most common symptoms of brain tumors.

See a primary care provider for a history and physical. Imaging of the head with ct and/or MRI may be helpful. ...Read more

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Does Paxil (paroxetine) cause any negative long term health effects? I have to take it for depression. Does the medicine cause brain tumors or anything serious?

Does Paxil (paroxetine) cause any negative long term health effects? I have to take it for depression. Does the medicine cause brain tumors or anything serious?

Small Concerns: No concerns for brain tumors, cancers or other risks such as that at all. The only very small risk that has come up for older women is possible slight bone thinning (not seen in men) noted in those on the category Paxil (paroxetine) is in: ssri's selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Following bone studies a very small change was detected in a certain percentage of women studied. Further evaluation ongoing. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are alternative medicine treatments for someone diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor?

Can you tell me if there are alternative medicine treatments for someone diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor?

Questionable: There are numerous forms of malignant brain tumors. No herbal, chiropractic, or other methodologies are helpful. Specific. Tissue diagnosis is crucial for the appropriate considerations of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. ...Read more