You might not know much about neuroendocrine tumors— and understandably so. Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) are rare, accounting for less than one percent of all malignant disorders in the United States.
Neuroendocrine tumors form in cells that produce hormones. These cells, called neuroendocrine cells, can develop anywhere in the body, however, most occur in the digestive tract, pancreas, rectum, lungs, or appendix. In most cases, they are usually small in nature and grow slowly over many years.
In addition to being rare, neuroendocrine tumors are complex and can be difficult to diagnose. Because of this, the specialists at Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers encourage you to gather and learn as much information about the disease as possible. Please take the time to read through the other pages on our website regarding neuroendocrine tumors.