Neuroendocrine tumors (NET) sometimes called Carcinoid tumors are rare tumors that can be found anywhere in the GI Tract from the Esophagus to the Anus. The most common sites of this tumor are the small bowel and appendix but it may also be found in the stomach, colon, rectum or pancreas and in very rare cases, the lung.
Some of these tumors secrete a hormone that can lead to symptoms of flushing, diarrhea and shortness of breath. This “carcinoid” syndrome is rare and often presents when the tumor is quite advanced. In many cases, these tumors are non-functional not giving any symptoms. There are tumor markers in the blood and urine that can be tested for NETs. The diagnosis, work-up and management of these tumors should be performed in a specialized center such as The Ottawa Hospital.
Not all NETs are the same and therefore a detailed consultation with your physician/surgeon is very important once the diagnosis has been made.
Dr. Carolyn Nessim actively treats Neuroendocrine tumors through the Ottawa Hospital Regional Cancer Center.