Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) are most commonly found in the gastrointestinal tract. Sometimes asymptomatic, they can secrete abnormally high amounts of hormones that affect body functions and can cause digestive system problems, weight loss and flushing (redness of the skin and hot flushes). Learn more about this rare endocrine disease, its diagnosis and the different treatment options available.
people in the United States have1 GEP-NETs.
new cases per 100,000 people per year2
Around age 653
the average age at the time of diagnosis
1 Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumors: American Cancer Society Website: http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/003102-pdf.pdf. Accessed October 28, 2014
2 Niederle MB, Hackl M, Kaserer K, Niederle B. Gastroenteropancreatic neuro-endocrine tumours: the current incidence and staging based on the WHO and European Neuro-endocrine Tumour Society classifi cation: an analysis based on prospectively collected parameters. Endocr Relat Cancer 2010;17(4):909-18
3Lepage C, Bouvier AM, Phelip JM, Hatem C, Vernet C, Faivre J. Incidence and management of malignant digestive endocrine tumours in a well defi ned French population. Gut 2004; 53(4):549-53