Renuka Iyer, MD, Associate Professor of Oncology, explains how to diagnose neuroendocrine and carcinoid tumors and the treatment options available at RPCI.

RPCI's Diagnosis and Treatment Approach for Neuroendocrine and Carcinoid Tumors

Neuroendocrine and carcinoid tumors are rare and it takes specialized skills and equipment to diagnose them. Because symptoms may not appear, tumors are often discovered when tests and procedures are performed for other purposes. Once the tumors are detected, it is very important to know whether a tumor is a neuroendocrine tumor or a different kind of cancer tumor because the treatments are vastly different.