Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) are neoplasms that arise from cells of the endocrine (hormonal) and nervous systems. Many are benign, while some are malignant. They most commonly occur in the intestine, where they are often called “carcinoid tumors”, but they are also found in the pancreas, lung and the rest of the body.
Although there are many kinds of NETs, they are treated as a group of tissue because the cells of these neoplasms share common features, such as looking similar, having special secretory granules, and often producing biogenic amines and polypeptide hormones.
Learn more @ http://mdmercy.com/WD/Kotiah Mercy Medical Center’s Dr. Sandy Kotiah, Director of The Neuroendocrine Tumor Center, discusses diagnosis and treatment of neuroendocrine tumors. Symptoms include abdominal pain and cramping; reddish spots on the face, chest and arms; bluish spots on the skin; heart palpitations; weight gain or loss; unstable blood pressure and unstable blood sugar.