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Cancer is a serious disease, and when you are being treated you deserve a doctor who has experience. This is particularly true with neuroendocrine tumors because surgery is the first line of treatment, and this cancer is especially rare. Learn more about treatment for neuroendocrine tumors.
Stanford Cancer Center surgeons are some of the most active doctors in the nation in treating neuroendocrine tumors. As with all surgeries, outcomes for surgery for neuroendocrine tumors are better when your doctor has significant experience. Learn more from the experts at the Neuroendocrine Tumor Program and Thoracic Cancer Program.
Types of neuroendocrine lung cancers
Large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma
A rare form of neuroendocrine lung cancer. This cancer looks and acts like SCLC, except that the cancerous cells themselves are larger, and it is treated in much the same way as SCLC.
A form of neuroendocrine cancer that often grows rapidly and quickly spreads to other organs; responds to chemotherapy and radiation more often than does non-small cell cancer.
Types of neuroendocrine pancreatic cancers
A tumor in the pancreas or duodenum; may occur as part of a hereditary endocrine syndrome. Gastrinomas secrete above average levels of gastrin, a hormone that stimulates the stomach to secrete acids and enzymes. Gastrinoma can cause peptic ulcers.
A pancreatic tumor that secretes glucagon, a hormone that raises levels of glucose in the blood, leading to a rash.
A rare pancreatic tumor that secretes insulin, the hormone that lowers glucose levels in the blood. Often a genetic condition that runs in families.
A type of neuroendocrine pancreatic tumor that secretes vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP), leading to severe intermittent diarrhea that causes further problems including dramatic potassium loss. Despite the name, in rare instances, VIPomas secrete hormones other than VIP.
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.