Our Approach to Treating Neuroendocrine Tumors
A neuroendocrine tumor is a malignancy (cancer) that begins in cells that are something of a cross between hormone-producing endocrine cells and nerve cells. These cells are found throughout the body in organs like the lungs, stomach and intestines, performing an array of special functions, like regulating air and blood flow through the lungs, and controlling the flow of food through the gastrointestinal system.
A neuroendocrine tumor can be classified as one of several different types, but more than half of all neuroendocrine tumors can be classified under the general category of "neuroendocrine carcinoma."
At Moffitt, we take a unique approach to treatment and care by bringing together highly specialized oncologists to work collaboratively to develop a highly individualized treatment plan for every patient. This team of cancer experts includes:
- Medical oncologists
- Radiation oncologists
- Interventional radiologists
- Endoscopy specialists
- Palliative care specialists
The neuroendocrine tumor team discusses every patient’s case in a weekly tumor board, making any necessary adjustments to his or her treatment plan. Our aim is always to improve patient outcomes, prevent recurrence and develop new, even more effective treatments through our robust clinical trials program.
In Moffitt Cancer Center’s Gastrointestinal Oncology Program, patients with neuroendocrine tumors can trust that they will receive the most promising treatments available. As a Comprehensive Cancer Center designated by the National Cancer Institute, Moffitt can provide patients with the opportunity to participate in clinical trials that offer the most advanced breakthrough therapies.
If you’re interested in learning more about neuroendocrine tumor treatment or anything else regarding the condition, contact Moffitt Cancer Center by calling 1-888-MOFFITT or by filling out a new patient registration form.