At the OSUCCC – James, cancer research experts focus on studying neuroendocrine cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The OSUCCC – James consistently paves the way in learning more about what causes neuroendocrine cancer — leading to even more highly targeted prevention, care and treatment.

Screening for Neuroendocrine Cancer

Cancer screening exams can help find neuroendocrine cancer at its earliest stage when the chances for successful treatment, optimal outcomes and fewer side effects are greatest. These tests are usually done when a patient is healthy and has no specific symptoms.

Not only are expert cancer researchers at the OSUCCC – James continually working to detect and diagnose neuroendocrine cancer early, but they are also developing additional tests to detect and diagnose cancer even earlier, leading to improved outcomes, faster responses and fewer side effects.

Unlike with some cancers, there are currently no recommended screening exams for neuroendocrine cancer.

Neuroendocrine Cancer Risk Factors

Carcinoid Tumor

A patient’s health history can affect the risk of gastrointestinal carcinoid tumors.

Anything that increases a person's chance of developing a disease is called a risk factor. Talk to your doctor if you think you may be at risk.

Risk factors for GI carcinoid tumors include the following:

  • Having a family history of multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1) syndrome or neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) syndrome
  • Having certain conditions that affect the stomach's ability to make stomach acid, such as atrophic gastritis, pernicious anemia or Zollinger-Ellison syndrome

Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumor

Having certain syndromes can increase the risk of pancreatic NETs. For instance, multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1) syndrome is a risk factor for pancreatic NETs.

(Source: National Cancer Institute)

The presence of risk factors does not necessarily mean you have neuroendocrine cancer. But if you have risk factors, you should discuss them with your doctor.

If you have received a neuroendocrine cancer diagnosis, or if you want a second opinion or just want to speak to a neuroendocrine cancer specialist, we are here to help you. Call 800-293-5066 or 614-293-5066 to make an appointment.

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