Neuroendocrine tumors care at Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic experts are skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of neuroendocrine tumors, including:

  • Neuroendocrine tumors of the digestive system and pancreas, sometimes called gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (GEP-NETs)
  • Carcinoid tumors of the lung, intestinal tract or thymus
  • Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor, also known as islet cell cancer
  • Medullary thyroid cancer
  • Merkel cell carcinoma, also known as neuroendocrine carcinoma of the skin
  • Pheochromocytoma of the adrenal gland
  • Paraganglioma
  • Adrenal cancer
  • Small cell carcinoma, most commonly of the lung
  • Large cell carcinoid tumor, most commonly of the lung

Your Mayo Clinic care team

At Mayo Clinic, a variety of specialists work together as a multidisciplinary team to provide whole-person care for those with neuroendocrine tumors.

Which specialists are involved in your care will depend on your type of tumor. Specialists may include oncologists, endocrinologists, gastroenterologists, pathologists, surgeons, transplant specialists and radiologists. Other professionals are included as needed.

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

Neuroendocrine tumors are rare and treatment can be complex and varied. Mayo Clinic doctors have the training and experience needed to accurately diagnose and treat all types of neuroendocrine tumors, including very rare types. Each year, about 1,500 people with neuroendocrine tumors seek care at Mayo Clinic.

Mayo Clinic doctors will work with you to review all of your treatment options and choose the treatment that best suits your needs and goals. The range of treatments offered to people with neuroendocrine tumors includes surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and other drug treatments.

People who seek care at Mayo Clinic have access to the latest treatments, including peptide receptor radionuclide therapy (PRRT). PRRT combines a drug that targets cancer cells with a small amount of a radioactive substance. It allows radiation to be delivered directly to the cancer cells.

For those with cancer that has spread to the liver, liver transplant may be an option. In general, liver transplant is reserved for those who have undergone surgery to remove the primary tumor and for those whose cancer hasn't spread to places other than the liver. Liver transplant for neuroendocrine tumors usually uses a portion of liver from a living donor.

Mayo Clinic also offers palliative care, which is specialized medical care that focuses on providing relief from pain and other symptoms of a serious illness. At Mayo Clinic, palliative care specialists work with you, your family and your other doctors to provide an extra layer of support that complements your ongoing care.

Once you complete treatment, cancer survivorship clinics can help you cope with post-treatment issues and assist you as you adjust to your new life.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic doctors are respected for their expertise in diagnosing and treating neuroendocrine tumors.

Mayo Clinic Cancer Center meets strict standards for a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, which recognizes scientific excellence and a multidisciplinary approach to cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

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Expertise and rankings

Mayo Clinic doctors have extensive experience diagnosing and treating neuroendocrine tumors. Each year, Mayo Clinic doctors care for more than 1,500 people with neuroendocrine tumors, including very rare types.

Mayo Clinic Cancer Center meets strict standards for a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, which recognizes scientific excellence and a multidisciplinary approach to cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

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Aug. 17, 2018