Types of Neuroendocrine Tumors
Being that neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) are rare, it’s likely you don’t know much about them— including the fact that there are different types. The good news is that Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers (RMCC) is able to treat them all.
Neuroendocrine tumors are typically classified by the site of origin. Your RMCC oncologist may broadly refer to these as gastrointestinal (GI), pancreatic, or lung NETs, which can then be broken down into additional subsets including:
- Carcinoid tumors
- Small cell carcinoma
- Large cell carcinoid tumor
- Medullary thyroid carcinoma
- Adrenal cancer
- Merkel cell carcinoma (neuroendocrine carcinoma of the skin)
The type of neuroendocrine tumor you have typically will influence the treatment plan your oncologist will create for you. Other factors, such as the location of the tumor, whether it produces excess hormones, how aggressive it is, and whether it has spread to other parts of the body, are also considered in determining the best possible treatment for a neuroendocrine tumor.
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.