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.

Mercy's multidisciplinary treatment team for neuroendocrine tumors includes gastoenterologists as well as surgical oncologistsradiation oncologistsmedical oncologists and radiologists.  

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.

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