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Doctor insights on: Metastatic 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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Are all tumor that come back metastatic ones?

Are all tumor that come back metastatic ones?

Not always: Some rumors return in the same spot where they started. The often are removed surgically like in the breast. When tumors or cancers show up in other organs they are considered to be metastatic. ...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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Is it possible to have radiation for metastatic brain tumors?

Is it possible to have radiation for metastatic brain tumors?

Yes: Radiation is very important in cancer that has spread to the brain and is very effective in helping to treat this problem either in the form of whole brain radiation, radiosurgery or both. ...Read more

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Can I have a metastatic tumor without a primary?

Can I have a metastatic tumor without a primary?

Yes: There is a small group of tumors that are well recognized where the primary site is not found. Current pathology techniques have decreased the number of such cases, but they still occur. ...Read more