Neuroendocrine tumor chemotherapy often consists of three- to six-week cycles of medication, repeated as necessary to stop tumor growth and destroy existing cancer cells. Sometimes a single medication is used, and in other situations, two or more medications are combined to enhance their effects.
At Moffitt Cancer Center, we create individualized chemotherapy prescriptions for patients from St.Petersburg, Florida, and other nearby areas. Not only do we have a team of medical oncologists who focus solely on chemotherapy treatments, but we also have a team of sub-specialists who prescribe chemotherapy only to patients who are diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancers. Due to their high level of specialization, these physicians have an extensive understanding of which medications have the potential to be the most effective for specific neuroendocrine tumors, as well as what modifications to make should side effects occur.
At Moffitt, we offer a full spectrum of neuroendocrine tumor chemotherapy medications, including:
- 5-fluororacil (5-FU)
To determine which neuroendocrine tumor chemotherapy medications to prescribe for a patient, our medical oncologists take into consideration a wide range of factors. For instance, a patient’s blood counts, bilirubin levels, body weight and blood pressure can influence the exact approach taken in a particular situation, as can the specific types of proteins present on the patient’s tumor(s).
Occasionally, the best option for a patient is to enroll in a clinical trial, through which he or she can access novel medications that are not offered in other settings. Patients from St. Petersburg can consider participating in one of Moffitt’s clinical trials. These pioneering research efforts have led Moffitt to be named a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute, and we are the only cancer hospital based in Florida to have earned this designation.
To learn more about neuroendocrine tumor chemotherapy at Moffitt, individuals from St. Petersburg, Florida, can call 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online. Referrals are welcome, but never required.