Intractable Rare Dis Res. 2017;6(1):21-28. (DOI: 10.5582/irdr.2017.01007)

Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors.

Sun J


Pancreatic neuroendocrine neoplasms (pNENs) are a heterogeneous group of tumors including well differentiated pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (pNETs) and neuroendocrine carcinomas (pNECs). The incidence of pNENs has increased over the past few decades. Although, the understanding and interest for this tumor have also increased significantly, the debate about classification and diagnosis continues. Although the primary treatment for pNENs is surgical resection, there is still a lack of effective therapeutic options for patients with advanced unresectable pNENs. Although many therapeutic methods have proven effective, the choice of treatment and specific programs are still unclear. Our article presents an overview of pNENs, with a focus on their diagnostic work-up, clinical presentation and treatment options.

KEYWORDS: Pancreatic neuroendocrine neoplasms, surgery, diagnosis, prognosis

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