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Exploring the Diverse Symptoms of Neuroendocrine Tumours

Jul 6, 2023

Neuroendocrine Cancer UK welcomes you to delve into the world of neuroendocrine tumours (NETs). As an organisation dedicated to supporting individuals affected by neuroendocrine cancer, we believe that knowledge is key in the fight against this rare form of cancer. Today, we will shed light on the diverse symptoms that neuroendocrine tumours can produce, empowering you to recognise potential warning signs and take action.

Neuroendocrine tumours arise from the neuroendocrine cells, which are responsible for producing hormones in our bodies. These tumours can occur in various organs, including the pancreas, lungs, gastrointestinal tract, and other areas. One of the challenges in diagnosing neuroendocrine tumours is that they can manifest with a wide range of symptoms or sometimes no symptoms at all.



Let’s take a closer look at some of the common symptoms associated with neuroendocrine tumours:

1. Digestive Issues: Frequent abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, or changes in bowel habits may be signs of a neuroendocrine tumour in the gastrointestinal tract.

2. Flushing and Skin Changes: Episodes of flushing, a warm or reddening of the skin, particularly in the face or neck, can occur in individuals with neuroendocrine tumours.

3. Unexplained Weight Loss: Significant and unintentional weight loss without changes in diet or physical activity can sometimes be attributed to a neuroendocrine tumour.

4. Respiratory Symptoms: Coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, or recurrent lung infections could be indicative of a neuroendocrine tumour in the lungs.

5. Hormonal Imbalances: Neuroendocrine tumours can produce hormones that affect various bodily functions, leading to symptoms such as changes in blood sugar levels, excessive thirst or urination, or even mood swings.

It’s important to remember that these symptoms are not exclusive to neuroendocrine tumours and can be caused by other conditions as well. However, if you experience persistent or unexplained symptoms, it’s crucial to consult with a healthcare professional for a thorough evaluation.

To learn more about neuroendocrine cancer, including its symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing research, we invite you to visit our comprehensive webpage dedicated to neuroendocrine cancer. There, you will find in-depth information, personal stories from individuals affected by neuroendocrine cancer, and resources to support you on your journey.

At Neuroendocrine Cancer UK, we believe that by raising awareness and understanding of neuroendocrine tumours, we can make a real impact in the lives of those affected. Together, let’s empower ourselves and others with knowledge, support, and hope.

To access the full information about neuroendocrine cancer and its symptoms, please visit:

If you have any questions or would like to share your personal experiences, please reach out to us. We are here for you every step of the way. Together, we can make a difference in the fight against neuroendocrine cancer.