Look to UC San Diego Health for highly specialized, coordinated care for neuroendocrine tumors (NETs).
Feel confident knowing you will receive timely, convenient access to the region's best cancer doctors and the most innovative treatment approaches at our clinic at Moores Cancer Center in La Jolla.
Your UC San Diego Health doctors have experience with this rare tumor type and may even successfully manage stage IV cancer as a chronic condition. Many of our patients are referred to us by doctors at other health systems because of our expertise in treating neuroendocrine tumors.
Nationally Ranked Cancer Care
UC San Diego Health is repeatedly ranked among the nation's best in cancer care by U.S. News & World Report. We are also the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in San Diego County. This is the highest possible rating for a U.S. cancer center, and it means you’ll receive the best possible care and support. Studies show patient outcomes are better at NCI-designated cancer centers.
What Are Neuroendocrine Tumors?
The term "neuroendocrine tumors," or NETs, refers to a group of malignant tumors arising from cells in the body’s endocrine glands. These kinds of tumors usually occur in the gastrointestinal tract (stomach, small and large intestine, pancreas and appendix) and lungs. Neuroendocrine tumors may also be called neuroendocrine carcinoma, carcinoid tumors or neuroendocrine cancer. They are considered a rare tumor type. Learn more about UC San Diego Health's expertise in rare cancers.
Treatments for Neuroendocrine Tumors
UC San Diego Health has more treatment options for NETs than any other hospital system in San Diego.
What to Expect: Your First Appointment
On your first visit, you will usually see two specialists and receive a list of treatment options on the same day. Please provide your doctor with any imaging or lab work prior to your first appointment.
1. Your first appointment will likely be scheduled on a Thursday afternoon. You will see both a medical oncologist and interventional radiologist to discuss your medical history, and review your labs and imaging studies.
2. You may have blood work or other tests to confirm your diagnosis or determine the stage of cancer.
3. Your doctor reviews your health information with other specialists to weigh treatment options. A care plan is usually developed by the end of the day.
Advancing Cancer Prevention and Care
UC San Diego Health is the region's only health system actively researching ways to improve care for those with neuroendocrine tumors. By joining a clinical trial, you may receive a new cancer treatment before it is available to the public. If your cancer has not responded to standard therapies, talk to your doctor about whether a clinical trial could be right for you.
Second Opinion Services
When you have a diagnosis as serious as cancer, you deserve a second opinion on your treatment options.
Patient & Family Supportive Services
At UC San Diego Health, your care goes beyond treating disease. It also includes supporting you and your loved ones emotionally during your cancer journey. Most of our support services are free.