Neuroendocrine Tumor Diagnosis and Treatment by Specialists at Mercy

Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy - Neuroendocrine Tumors

Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore is proud to have one of the few dedicated Neuroendocrine Tumor Centers in the nation. Mercy’s doctors work collaboratively to develop patient-specific treatment options through which a dedicated patient navigator helps guide patients and their family members.

About the Condition

Neuroendocrine cells secrete hormones that regulate the nervous and endocrine systems. Where a high density of these cells exists, a neuroendocrine tumor can develop. A neuroendocrine tumor often starts in the digestive tract, especially the pancreas, because the digestive tract has the most neuroendocrine cells in the body. 

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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

Symptoms of a neuroendocrine tumor can vary depending on where the tumor is located, if the tumor produces hormones, and if the tumor has spread from its original location. Symptoms of a neuroendocrine tumor can include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Ulcers
  • Diabetes
  • Skin rashes
  • Diarrhea
  • Weight issues
  • Gallstones

A neuroendocrine tumor, which grows slowly, can be difficult to diagnose. Most often, a neuroendocrine tumor is found during imaging tests for other medical reasons. Tests to detect a neuroendocrine tumor can include:

  • Blood tests
  • Urine tests
  • CT scans
  • Endoscopy
  • Biopsy
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Treatment Options

Treatment options for a neuroendocrine tumor can include the surgical removal of the neuroendocrine tumor as well as hormone therapy, chemotherapy, radiation, or a combination of these treatment options.