Neuroendocrine tumor treatment often includes surgery; sometimes as the sole form of treatment and other times paired with chemotherapy or radiation therapy. In many cases, a traditional resection is used to remove part or all of a tumor, along with any nearby tissues that might also be cancerous. In some situations, however, a surgeon might recommend an advanced procedure, such as microwave ablation, to destroy cancerous tissue without physically removing it from the body.
Neuroendocrine tumor surgery is often performed in patients with a localized tumor with the intent of curing the disease by removing the tumor and surrounding tissue. However, even patients with metastatic disease (disease spread) may benefit from aggressive surgery designed to remove as many tumors as possible.
The type of neuroendocrine tumor surgery recommended for a patient will depend on a number of factors, including the size and extent of the tumor and where it has developed in the body. At Moffitt Cancer Center, each patient is evaluated on an individualized basis, which enables our oncologists to provide carefully tailored surgical plans for every unique situation. Additionally, we have a team of experts who specialize in neuroendocrine tumor surgery, allowing them to perform complex procedures with an unparalleled level of precision and skill. And, because we are at the forefront of research for neuroendocrine tumor treatment, our patients are among the first to benefit from advancements in surgical techniques, such as minimally invasive procedures and interventional radiology.