What Treatments Are There for Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumor?

Q:
What treatments are there for pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor?

A:
Different types of treatments are available for patients with pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors(NETs). Some of them are standard, which means that they are currently being used in treating patients; others are in clinical trials, which means they are still under testing. The chosen treatment will depend on:

  • What kind of tumor the patient have (functional or nonfunctional)
  • Whether it’s cancerous or not
  • How far it has spread

Six types of standard treatment are used:

  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Hormone therapy
  • Hepatic arterial occlusion or chemoembolization
  • Targeted therapy
  • Supportive care

In addition to the existing treatments, new types of treatment are still being tested in clinical trials.

It is worth noticing that treatment for pancreatic NETs may cause side effects, including appetite loss, diarrhea, fatigue, hair loss, nausea and vomiting.

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