Neuroendocrine tumors (NET)
Neuroendocrine neoplasms (NEN) are caused by uncontrollable cell division of the endocrine system. These tumors may occur in several parts of the body, such as the small intestine, pancreas, or stomach, and are often hard to detect. We differentiate between NET (neuroendocrine tumors) and NEC (neuroendocrine carcinomas). Tumors called NET are further divided by grade varying from 1 to 3. This grade is determined by their growth speed: grade 1 tumors grow at a slower pace than grade 3 tumors. NEC tend to be more aggressive than NET and require different treatment, hence the distinction between the tumor types.
Find out more about the causes and symptoms, and the most commonly used diagnostic tests and treatment types for neuroendocrine tumors on this page.
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