Neuroendocrine Tumor

A neuroendocrine tumor refers to the cancer cells present in the body's neuroendocrine system. It can develop in any part of the body and grow slowly. But there are a few neuroendocrine tumors that can be fast-growing. Neuroendocrine tumors more commonly develop in the gastrointestinal tract, particularly in the large intestine.

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Are neuroendocrine tumors common in appendectomy?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 50-year-old female. I had an emergency appendectomy, and my pathology report came back. Is there no need to follow-up with my doctor as soon as possible since the tumor is small? I do have an appointment scheduled in four weeks, but I am wondering if I should ask them move up - pa...  Read Full »


Dr. Utkarsh Sharma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You do not need to be apprehensive about this. Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) of the appendix (formerly 'carcinoids') are rare and are usually detected incidentally (as in your case) in 1% of appendectomy specimens. They are preferentially located at the tip of the ap...  Read Full »

Please check my reports and tell me if it is cancer or not.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 67 year old male patient. My report says 'neuroendocrine tumor well-differentiated benign against a background of chronic duodenitis.' Kindly let me know whether it is cancer or not. I have no other health problems.  Read Full »


Dr. Bharat Patodiya

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Ki-67 is not done yet. That information is required to say if it has malignant cancer potential. Kindly ask the lab to perform the same. For more information consult a medical oncologist online --> https://icliniq.com./ask-a-doctor-online/medical-oncologist  Read Full »

My 5 year old son's serotonin level is 583 ng/mL. Does he have a carcinoid tumor?

Query: Hello doctor, My 5 years old son's serotonin level is 583 ng/mL, and the normal range is 50 to 200 ng/mL. So, we did chromogranin A blood test. It was 16, which is slightly elevated, as the normal range is 1.9 to 15. Should we be concerned and see a specialist? Please advise. Thank you.  Read Full »


Dr. Bharat Patodiya

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Chromogranin A level is just one marker. There are a lot of factors which may affect chromogranin A levels. It depends on the clinical suspicion of a tumor. Revert with more details of the history and radiological imaging. Revert with more information to a medical oncol...  Read Full »

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