Neuroendocrine Tumor Program
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Welcome to the Neuroendocrine Tumor Program. Our expert team is made up of specialists in these rare cancers of the neuroendocrine system. Some of the conditions we treat include bronchial neuroendocrine tumors and carcinoid Syndrome, among others.
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Conditions We Treat
Bronchial neuroendocrine tumors are a rare type of cancer that grows in the lungs. They are also called lung carcinoid tumors. These tumors develop from neuroendocrine cells, a type of cell that makes hormones to support certain bodily functions. Most neuroendocrine tumors are found in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, but about 25% grow in the lungs.
Carcinoid syndrome is a group of symptoms linked to carcinoid tumors. Carcinoid tumors are neuroendocrine tumors that can grow in the gastrointestinal (GI) system and lungs. Only about 10% of people who have carcinoid tumors end up having carcinoid syndrome. It can occur when a carcinoid tumor has spread to the liver and releases too many hormones in the body. These hormones cause the symptoms of carcinoid syndrome.
Gastrointestinal (GI) neuroendocrine tumors are a rare type of cancer that grows in the lining of the GI tract. They are also called GI carcinoid tumors. These tumors develop from neuroendocrine cells, a type of cell that makes hormones that support certain bodily functions. Neuroendocrine cells are most common in the GI tract, where they make hormones that help control digestion.
The pancreas is an abdominal organ that sits behind the lower part of the stomach and produces enzymes to help digest food and hormones that regulate the metabolism of sugars. Pancreatic cancer usually spreads very rapidly and goes undetected because symptoms may not appear until the cancer is already advanced.
Carcinoid tumors grow slowly and usually appear in the gastrointestinal tract or lung. Gastrointestinal symptoms include skin flushing and diarrhea, and symptoms that appear if the tumor is in the lung include difficulty breathing. Carcinoid tumors typically begin in the cells that produce hormones of various organs in the gastrointestinal tract like stomach or intestines, though they can develop in the pancreas or the testicles in men and the ovaries in women.
Medical Oncology Team
Medical Director, Clinical Cancer Center
Co-Director, BU-BMC Cancer Center
Zoltan Kohn Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
Surgical Oncology Team
Associate Professor of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA
Professor of Surgery and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Boston University School of Medicine
Utley Professor and Chair of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine