Neuroendocrine Tumors

What are neuroendocrine tumors?

Neuroendocrine tumors, also known as NETs, are growths that develop from specialized, hormone-producing neuroendocrine tissue distributed throughout the body.

Neuroendocrine tumors can form in the gastrointestinal tract, lungs, pancreas, and other tissues. NETs are sometimes called carcinoid tumors, especially when they grow out of the gastrointestinal tract or lungs. Pancreatic NETs are sometimes called “islet cell” tumors and include insulinomas, glucagonomas, gastrinomas, VIPomas, and non-functioning NETs.

Most NETs are slow-growing, but some are more aggressive, growing rapidly and spreading to other parts of the body.

How we approach neuroendocrine tumors at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s

Children with neuroendocrine tumors are treated at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's through our Endocrine-Oncology Program. Advanced cancers may also be treated through our Solid Tumor Center. Our integrated pediatric oncology service offers—in one specialized program—the combined expertise of a leading cancer center and a premier children’s hospital. We build a team to treat your child consisting of oncologists, endocrinologists, genetic counselors, and surgeons.

Find in-depth information on neuroendocrine tumors on the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s website, including answers to:

  • How are neuroendocrine tumors classified?
  • What are the causes and symptoms of neuroendocrine tumors?
  • How are neuroendocrine tumors diagnosed?
  • What are the treatments for neuroendocrine tumors?
  • What is the latest research on neuroendocrine tumors?
  • What is the long-term outlook for neuroendocrine tumors?