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Neuroendocrine Cancers

The neuroendocrine system is made up of cells with similar properties that are found throughout the body. These neuroendocrine cells, as their name suggests, function as part of the nervous system and the endocrine system: they can secrete hormones and proteins that act on both systems.  

Cancers that arise in the neuroendocrine system are found throughout the body, including in the lungs and gastrointestinal tract (e.g., stomach, intestines). Cancerous neuroendocrine cells often flood the body with inappropriate hormones or neurotransmitters.

Other neuroendocrine tumors include those of the pituitary gland, leading to inappropriately high and low levels of hormones.  Patients with pituitary disorders may be referred to the Pituitary Center.

Stanford Expertise

Neuroendocrine cancer is a rare and serious disease, and when you are being treated you deserve a physician who has experience. Stanford Cancer Center physicians are some of the most active physicians in the nation in treating neuroendocrine cancer patients.

In particular, physicians at the Cancer Center actively research advanced imaging technologies that improve the diagnosis of neuroendocrine cancer and help track the effectiveness of treatment. When you receive treatment from a Stanford Cancer Center physician, you receive world-class care.

 

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