Neuroendocrine tumour (NET)

A NET is a rare form of cancer that can develop in many different organs of the body. It effects the cells that release hormones into the bloodstream (neuroendocrine cells). University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust is 1 of 2 centres in Europe to named a Centre of Excellence by the The European Neuroendocrine Tumour Society.

Symptoms

The symptoms of NET depend on what part of the body the tumour is.

  • Diarrhoea, constipation or pain in tummy
  • Persistent cough
  • Wheezing
  • Flushing
  • Cramps
  • Low blood sugar
  • Changes in blood pressure

You should see your GP if you have any of these symptoms.

Treatment

The type of treatment you receive will depend on the stage of your cancer. The main treatments include:

  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiotherapy
  • Targeted cancer drugs
  • Somatostatin analogues
  • Trans arterial embolization
  • Radiofrequency ablation

Your treatment plan may have a combination of these.

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