Good Samaritan Medical Center
Cancer Centers of Colorado
340 Exempla Circle, 1st Floor
Lafayette, CO 80026-3384
Early detection and timely treatment are key to beating or living with cancer. Because every day counts, we help you review and understand your options quickly. Our compassionate care team provides in-depth expertise, and your care team will be with you every step of the way so you can begin treatment within days after cancer is detected.
You can trust us for education and advanced options for screening and detection. We’re also here for you with next steps after a cancer diagnosis.
Neuroendocrine cancer is a type of cancer that typically arises from organs within the abdominal cavity. It affects cells that secrete proteins known as serotonin and chromogranin. Most neuroendocrine cancers grow slowly, although an aggressive form exists. Patients might report fatigue, weight loss, or even flushing.
Diagnosis and treatment
Neuroendocrine cancer requires a tissue biopsy. Once performed, it will be examined by a pathologist. Imaging via CT scan or PET scan is often required. Blood work can be helpful as well. Treatment consists of surgery and/or injectable forms of medication that block the release of the substances that cause symptoms. A newer form of treatment using a radioactive molecule that specifically attacks neuroendocrine tumors might be discussed.