Many neuroendocrine tumors can be successfully treated with surgery and chemotherapy, especially if the tumor is localized and has not spread to the lymph nodes or other organs in the body. During surgery, a surgical oncologist will attempt to remove the entire tumor as well as a margin of tissue surrounding the tumor. Some patients may then undergo chemotherapy to ensure all cancer cells have been destroyed.
In certain cases, completely removing the tumor is not feasible. If so, some patients may receive debulking surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible and relieve symptoms. Others may have an inoperable tumor that can only be treated with targeted therapies, such as chemotherapy, immunotherapy and radiotherapy. If the tumor cannot be fully removed during surgery, a patient won’t be considered cured of this disease.
Treating neuroendocrine tumors at Moffitt Cancer Center
If you have been diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor and would like to consult with a team of specialists that focuses exclusively on this type of cancer, request an appointment with Moffitt Cancer Center. Our Gastrointestinal Oncology Program consists of gastrointestinal cancer surgeons, medical oncologists, gastroenterologists, endocrinologists, pathologists and other specialists who work together to develop comprehensive treatment plans for our patients. This multispecialty team meets regularly for tumor board meetings where they discuss their most complex cases, ensuring our patients receive well-rounded care to improve outcomes and offer a better quality of life.
Moffitt is a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center - the only one based in Florida - and we’ve earned this distinction due to our unrelenting commitment to ambitious clinical research. This allows us to offer promising new treatments to our patients, often before these treatments are available elsewhere.