Neuroendocrine tumors, or as they are frequently referred to as carcinoids, are the paraplasms developing in the neuroendocrine tissues of the patient’s body. NETs can affect the cells located in different organs of the neuroendocrine system, including lungs, stomach, bowel, thymus, thyroid gland, adrenal gland, etc. Neuroendocrine tumors are more common in elderly people, though sometimes they are diagnosed in younger patients, too.
Here, at the First Teaching Hospital of Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, we help people with different stages of neuroendocrine tumors. Our doctors have a many-year experience in diagnosis and treatment of these disorders with clients of all ages. Using both the ancient wisdom of China and the achievements of modern science, we achieve perfect results without extra time loss.
Causes of neuroendocrine tumor
The causes of neuroendocrine tumors are generally unknown. As a rule, such pathologies are diagnosed with people suffering from the following family syndromes:
- Type 1 multiple endocrine neoplasia;
- Type 1 neurofibromatosis;
- Von Hippel-Lindau syndrome.
Besides, specialists note that NETs are inherited diseases. Nevertheless, neuroendocrine tumors are diagnosed quite rarely. Therefore, even if your relative has this disorder, your own risk is minor.
Symptoms neuroendocrine tumor
The features and symptoms of neuroendocrine tumors depend mostly on the site of origin, though there are some common signs typical of all disorders of the kind:
- Pains in certain parts of the body;
- Organ-specific changes;
- Flushing in the face or neck without sweating;
- Swelling in legs, feet, and ankles;
- Shortness of breath;
- Rapid heartbeat;
- Bad appetite;
- General weakness;
- Sudden weight loss\gain, and others.
Diagnosis of neuroendocrine tumor
In order to diagnose neuroendocrine tumors, the doctors of Tianjin hospital conduct the following laboratory tests:
- Blood tests for gastrin;
- Blood tests for insulin;
- Blood tests for somatostatin, etc.
Along with that, we use a variety of other diagnostic methods to reveal neuroendocrine tumors:
- Endoscopic ultrasound;
- CT angiography;
- Laparoscopy, and so on.
It is important to note that the choice of diagnostic techniques for NETs depends mostly on the type of disease, its location, and other characteristics of the pathology.
Treatment neuroendocrine tumor
The specialists of the First Teaching Hospital of Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine cure neuroendocrine tumors with the use of modern therapeutic methods and the ancient techniques of TCM. The first include the following approaches:
Surgery: It is the most common method of treatment used for most types of NETs. Surgery is used to remove the primary tumors for the patients with localized disorders, or to relieve the symptoms.
Oncotherapy: This therapeutic regimen is worked out in accordance with the type of the pathology. It may include medication, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and so on.
Radiation therapy. It is used in difficult cases, when the neuroendocrine tumor has spread or when it is impossible to remove the carcinoid surgically.
Radiofrequency ablation. This method of treatment is implemented when NET has expanded to the liver. Using high-energy radio waves the specialists destroy pathological cells.
Along with the abovementioned therapeutic approaches, the doctors of Tianjin hospital apply to the ancient Oriental wisdom. We treat neuroendocrine tumors with the use of massage, cupping therapy, acupuncture, herbalism, moxibustion, therapeutic diet, and exercises. In order to help every patient, the specialists of our healthcare center develop comprehensive NET treatment plans in accordance with the patient’s unique diagnosis and his personal needs. As a rule, we achieve excellent results without time loss, irrespective of the stage of the pathology.