Table 85.1Characteristics of Neuroendocrine Tumors

Rare
Usually small, <1 cm
Slow growing, months to years, “cancer in slow motion”
Usually metastasize before becoming symptomatic, often when tumor is >2 cm
Expression is episodic, may be silent for years
Symptoms mimic commonplace conditions and often are misdiagnosed
Complex diagnosis, rarely made clinically, requiring sophisticated laboratory and scanning techniques

From: Chapter 85, Neoplasms of the Neuroendocrine System and Neoplasms of the Gastroenteropancreatic Endocrine System

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