Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors
Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors, known as pancreatic NET, are also called islet cell tumors. They are a type of neuroendocrine cancer that start in the pancreas. There are different kinds of pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors. Some pancreatic NET make and release different hormones. They also vary in size and how fast they grow.
Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors are different than other types of pancreatic cancer because they form from neuroendocrine cells in your pancreas. They are typically associated with better outcomes.
- Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors are a much less common type of pancreatic cancer
- Some pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors cause symptoms because of the different hormones they make and release
- Other types of pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors do not make and release hormones, but may cause symptoms when they grow and spread (metastasize)