NET: Not your typical tumors
Historically misunderstood to be rare and relatively benign, neuroendocrine tumors (NET) are increasingly common and are now regarded as potentially malignant neoplasms that can cause debilitating symptoms and potentially life-threatening issues for patients.1-5
Unlike lung cancer, which arises from the lung, or a breast cancer that arises from the breast, neuroendocrine tumors arise from a cell type. These neuroendocrine cells can really arise from [almost] anywhere in the body.
— Dr Lowell Anthony
This shift in mindset is driving health care professionals and patient advocates to:
- Seek ways to make more timely and accurate diagnoses of NET
- Emphasize the need for appropriate multidisciplinary management strategies
In fact, the increasing incidence of NET may be due, in part, to heightened awareness and improved diagnosis.6