Your brain and nervous system help your endocrine system produce the hormones your body needs. We call this critical partnership the neuroendocrine system. Neuroendocrine tumors grow in the organs of the neuroendocrine system, causing them to produce abnormal amounts of hormones, which then affect how the nervous system works.
Neuroendocrine tumors care in Washington, D.C.
MedStar Washington Hospital Center is home to a team of highly skilled expert endocrinologists. Our specialists know that a multidisciplinary approach offers patients the best quality care. That means we work together with any other doctors you need, including oncologists, gastroenterologists and surgeons, to coordinate diagnosis and treatment of your disease.
Carcinoid syndrome treatment: Our approach
In consultation with your other specialists, we will develop a treatment plan that will be most effective for you. Treatment options often include:
- Surgery to remove all or most of the tumor
- Chemotherapy, in cases where tumors have spread to the liver
- Medication to help stop the tumor from growing
Neuroendocrine tumors treatment: Our approach
Our treatment recommendations for neuroendocrine tumors depend on the type of tumor you have and if it is benign or cancerous. In general, we aim to remove as much of your tumor as possible through surgery. Additional treatments may include:
- Removing a portion of the liver, in cases where tumors have spread to the liver
- Medication to regulate the production of hormones