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What are the symptoms of neuroendocrine tumors?

Sometimes called NETs, neuroendocrine tumors are difficult to diagnose and can appear at any stage of a person’s life. These tumors start in certain specialized cells known as neuroendocrine cells. Neuroendocrine cells share certain traits that are similar to both nerve cells and cells that produce hormones.

As a respected specialist, Dr. Alexander Haug is extremely experienced in diagnosing and treating neuroendocrine tumors. Together with his team in Vienna, Dr. Alexander Haug provides the very latest treatments for people suffering from neuroendocrine tumors.

Because the symptoms of neuroendocrine tumors can be hard to detect, Dr. Alexander Haug has put together this short guide on how to recognize these symptoms. If you or a loved one are experiencing any of the below symptoms, please seek advice from a professional medical doctor.


What are neuroendocrine tumors?

Although quite rare, neuroendocrine tumors can appear anywhere in the human body. The majority of neuroendocrine tumors are seen in the appendix, lungs, the small intestine, the rectum, and the pancreas.

Neuroendocrine tumors can be slow to develop or they may grow quickly. Some forms of neuroendocrine tumors produce hormones, these are called functional neuroendocrine tumors. Nonfunctional neuroendocrine tumors do not release hormones or release so few that they do not cause symptoms.

Unfortunately, no one really knows what causes neuroendocrine tumors.


What are the symptoms of neuroendocrine tumors?

Because they do not always cause symptoms, it can be difficult to diagnose neuroendocrine tumors. The appearance and severity of symptoms depend on where the tumor is located and whether or not it is a functional tumor.


Speaking generally, the symptoms of a neuroendocrine tumor include:

  • Pain

  • A lump under the skin that increases in size

  • Feelings of unusual fatigue

  • Sudden unexpected weight loss

  • Flushed skin

  • Diarrhea

  • Frequently needing to urinate

  • Increased feelings of thirst

  • Dizziness

  • Trembling

  • Skin rashes

If you or a family member are experiencing persistent symptoms in line with any of the above, please consult with a medical professional. Dr. Alexander Haug and his team in Vienna are available and able to assist you with any enquiries you may have.


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