Once a neuroendocrine tumor (NET) is diagnosed and staged, our experts will design a personalized treatment plan that may include surgery. The type of surgery depends on the following factors:
- Location, size and number of tumors
- The type of tumor
- The stage of cancer
Early-stage NETs in the pancreas or small bowel may be treated with surgical resection (removal) of the affected organ. At this early stage of the disease, surgery is often the only necessary treatment.
If many NETs exist or if your tumor is very slow-growing, the goal of surgery may be to debulk your tumors. This means removing as much of the tumor as possible in order to reduce symptoms. Reducing the volume of your tumor may help increase the effectiveness of other treatments.
Liver Surgery (Hepatectomy) for NETs
If your tumor has metastasized, treatment may require surgery to remove your liver (hepatectomy). Surgical methods to treat cancers affecting the liver include liver resection (the removal of parts of your liver), liver ablation (the destruction of cancer cells with heat) or, in some cases, liver transplant.
Gallbladder Surgery (Cholecystectomy) for NETs
Occasionally, a cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal surgery) is performed when treatment for NETs causes gallbladder complications.