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Division of Surgical Oncology & Endocrine Surgery

Clinical Tips for Diagnosis

Neuroendocrine tumors can be difficult to diagnose because of the variety of symptoms they present.
 
Possible symptoms
  • Tumors that originate in the pancreas can cause abdominal pain, ulcers, diabetes, skin rashes, diarrhea and changes in weight.
  • Those that originate in the lungs and gastrointestinal tract (carcinoids) may cause flushing, diarrhea, abdominal pain, cough wheezing and in advanced cases, damage to the heart.
 
Diagnostic testing
  • If symptoms suggest a neuroendocrine tumor, blood and urine test should be performed to measure hormone levels. If elevated, imaging techniques, including PET/CT scans, endoscopies and octreoscans should be used to locate tumors and see if the cancer has spread, followed by a biopsy of the tumor. 

If you would like to refer a patient 

To make an appointment or refer a patient, please call 1-877-936-8422.
Please have the following available:
    Diagnosis or symptoms
    Previous testing, diagnostic scans, blood work and/or surgeries
    Name and contact information for your Primary Care Doctor or Referring Physician
    Daytime phone number
 
Our Location: Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center, 2220 Pierce Ave., Nashville, TN 37232
 

 

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