Neuroendocrine tumors – causes, side effects and treatments at NaturalPedia.com

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Neuroendocrine tumors are tumors that develop in the cells of the neuroendocrine system. These tumors can be indolent or aggressive. When they are aggressive, or when they grow rapidly, they can grow into and destroy nearby tissue. In addition, they can spread to other parts of the body. Neuroendocrine tumors are named and classified according to where the tumor developed in the body. They can develop in organs of the gastrointestinal tract, such as the small intestine, rectum, stomach, colon, esophagus, and appendix. They can also grow in the lungs or the islet cells of the pancreas. Neuroendocrine tumors are sometimes referred to as carcinoids.

The cause of neuroendocrine tumors is not fully understood. However, the risk of developing one is increased if you have at least one of the following inherited conditions: multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1); neurofibromatosis type 1; or Von Hippel-Lindau syndrome (VHL).

Known side effects of neuroendocrine tumors

The side effects of neuroendocrine tumors depend on the location of the tumor. The known side effects of neuroendocrine tumors include flushing in the face or neck without sweating; diarrhea; shortness of breath; rapid heartbeat or palpitations; high blood pressure; abdominal pain, cramping, or feeling of fullness; fatigue or weakness; sudden weight gain or loss; wheezing or coughing; swelling in the feet and ankles; skin lesions, discolored patches of skin, or thin skin; high blood glucose levels with symptoms of frequent urination, increased thirst, and increased hunger; and low blood glucose levels with symptoms of shakiness, dizziness, sweating, or fainting.

Body systems harmed by neuroendocrine tumors

The body system harmed by neuroendocrine tumors is the neuroendocrine system. This body system is made up of neuroendocrine cells that are spread throughout the body. They are found in most organs in the body, such as the gastrointestinal tract, pancreas, thyroid, and lungs.

List of foods or nutrients that prevent neuroendocrine tumors

There is no information on what foods or nutrients prevent neuroendocrine tumors.

Treatments, management plans for neuroendocrine tumors

Treatment for neuroendocrine tumors includes a combination of surgery to remove the tumors, ablative techniques, intra-arterial therapies, and chemotherapy.

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Summary

Neuroendocrine tumors are tumors that develop in the cells of the neuroendocrine system.

Neuroendocrine tumors cause flushing in the face or neck without sweating; diarrhea; shortness of breath; rapid heartbeat or palpitations; high blood pressure; abdominal pain, cramping, or feeling of fullness; fatigue or weakness; sudden weight gain or loss; wheezing or coughing; swelling in the feet and ankles; skin lesions, discolored patches of skin, or thin skin; high blood glucose levels with symptoms of frequent urination, increased thirst, and increased hunger; and low blood glucose levels with symptoms of shakiness, dizziness, sweating, or fainting.

Neuroendocrine tumors harm the neuroendocrine system.

Neuroendocrine tumors can be treated with a combination of a combination of surgery, ablative techniques, intra-arterial therapies, and chemotherapy.

Sources include:

Cancer.ca

NHS.uk

CancerCenter.com

HopkinsMedicine.org



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