There are many different types of neuroendocrine tumors. They vary in size and how fast they grow. Neuroendocrine tumors can also spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body, like the liver or bone.
In fact, 1 out of every 2 patients is diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor that has already spread to another part of the body. This may happen because some NET
Are hard to find until they have grown or spread
Don’t cause symptoms until they have grown or spread
Cause symptoms that make them seem like other diseases, so they may take longer to be diagnosed
If you are newly diagnosed with a NET, visit! You will find information for patients and caregivers who are new to NET.
- Some types of NET do not cause symptoms, while others cause general gastrointestinal and respiratory symptoms that may make them seem like more common diseases
- Unlike most other cancers that start in one place, NET can occur wherever there are neuroendocrine cells in the body
- Most NET occur in the gastrointestinal (GI) system, which includes the stomach, intestines, and other organs