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Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors (Islet Cell Tumors) Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Patient Information [NCI] - Treatment Options for Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors

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For somatostatinoma, treatment may include the following:

  • Surgery to remove the tumor.
  • For tumors that have spread to distant parts of the body, surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life.
  • For tumors that continue to grow during treatment or have spread to other parts of the body, treatment may include the following:
    • Chemotherapy.
    • Targeted therapy.

Treatment of other types of pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) may include the following:

  • Surgery to remove the tumor.
  • For tumors that have spread to distant parts of the body, surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible or hormone therapy to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life.
  • For tumors that continue to grow during treatment or have spread to other parts of the body, treatment may include the following:
    • Chemotherapy.
    • Targeted therapy.

Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with islet cell tumor. For more specific results, refine the search by using other search features, such as the location of the trial, the type of treatment, or the name of the drug. General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.

Recurrent or Progressive Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors (Islet Cell Tumors)

Treatment of pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) that continue to grow during treatment or recur (come back) may include the following:

  • Surgery to remove the tumor.
  • Chemotherapy.
  • Hormone therapy.
  • Targeted therapy.
  • For liver metastases:
    • Regional chemotherapy.
    • Hepatic arterial occlusion or chemoembolization, with or without systemic chemotherapy.
  • A clinical trial of a new therapy.

Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with recurrent islet cell carcinoma. For more specific results, refine the search by using other search features, such as the location of the trial, the type of treatment, or the name of the drug. General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.

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Last Updated: February 25, 2014
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