After you've been diagnosed with a NET you will undergo investigations to help stage the cancer and plan your treatment. As with more common bowel cancers, surgery remains as the main form of treatment for NETs. The type and extent of surgery will depend on the position and stage of the tumour.
Often surgery will involve removing the primary tumour in the bowel or pancreas, together with the lymph nodes in the surrounding fat. More extensive surgery may be required to remove cancer spots in the lining of the stomach and liver. This may be performed at a later time and is often combined with other treatments.
Occasionally, heart surgery and valve replacement is required as a result of the carcinoid syndrome leading to carcinoid heart disease.
We have a strong track record for the surgical treatment of patients with NETs and receive referrals from across the UK.