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Neuroendocrine Cancer of the Pancreas – Functioning / Non Functioning

Jun 4, 2021

In Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Cancer – you may hear the terms “Functioning” (meaning “with hormone related symptoms”) or “Non-functioning” (meaning “without hormone related symptoms”). Functioning or non-functioning may also be terms used to describe whether these cancers show up on nuclear medicine imaging* (see diagnostic tests).

The majority of Neuroendocrine Cancers of the Pancreas are non-functioning, meaning that they do not over produce hormones. Symptoms, if/when they occur, tend to be related to the size and position of the cancer and can include back pain, jaundice, stomach pain and / or weight loss.

Further information about Neuroendocrine Cancer of the Pancreas, including symptoms and syndromes can be found here ➡️ https://www.neuroendocrinecancer.org.uk/neuroendocrine-cancer/neuroendocrine-cancer-by-primary-secondary-sites/pancreas/

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