Surgery is one of the most common forms of neuroendocrine tumor treatment, although the procedures used to treat these tumors are highly complex and best performed by a specialized surgeon. At Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida – located just a short drive away from St. Petersburg – we have a team of surgical oncologists who exclusively treat patients who are diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumors, including carcinoid tumors, medullary carcinomas, Merkel cell carcinomas (neuroendocrine carcinomas of the skin), pheochromocytomas and neuroendocrine tumors of the pancreas.
Like any other type of treatment, neuroendocrine tumor surgery is most effective when it is individualized to the needs of each patient. This is why our team carefully evaluates a variety of factors when making surgical recommendations. By considering a patient’s age, diagnosis and the specific cellular makeup of his or her tumor, we are able to create highly tailored treatment plans that are optimized to achieve the best possible outcome and highest quality of life.
At Moffitt, our surgeons perform several forms of neuroendocrine tumor surgery, including:
- Excision (the removal of a tumor and a small amount of surrounding tissue)
- Resection (the removal of an organ)
- Hepatic artery embolization (the destruction of a tumor through blood-flow blockage)
Our team also performs several novel procedures that can be used as surgical alternatives, such as cryosurgery (the destruction of cancerous tissue through exposure to extreme cold), fulguration (the destruction of cancerous tissue through electrical currents) and radiofrequency ablation (the destruction of cancerous tissue through high-energy radio waves). Patients from St. Petersburg and other nearby areas can turn to Moffitt for these and other treatments, as well as clinical trials and supportive care.
Residents of St. Petersburg, FL, and other nearby areas are welcome to come to Moffitt, with or without a physician’s referral. To request a consultation with a Moffitt oncologist who specializes in neuroendocrine tumor surgery, call 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online.