Scripps Cancer Center cancer specialists treat pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors using the most advanced methods. Many of these tumors are treated with surgery, and U.S. News & World Report ranked Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Green Hospital among the best in the nation for gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery.
Our cancer teams personalize treatment to eliminate cancer while maintaining your quality of life. In addition, our multidisciplinary, collaborative board of cancer specialists reviews complex care plans to ensure patients receive the best possible care from diagnosis to recovery.
Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (also called Islet cell tumors, Islet of Langerhans tumors or pancreatic NETs) are uncommon tumors that form in the islet cells of the pancreas. The tumors can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (neuroendocrine cancer). These tumors can look alike under a microscope, and it may not be possible to tell if a tumor is cancer until it has begun to spread.
Treatment for pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors may involve surgery, ablation, chemotherapy, hormone therapy or a combination of these. Your Scripps cancer care team will customize your pancreatic NET treatment plan based on several factors, including:
- Whether the tumor can be completely removed with surgery
- Whether cancer has spread
- Your age and overall health
Scripps diagnoses and treats pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors at numerous locations throughout San Diego County. From Chula Vista and La Jolla to Encinitas and beyond, our extensive network of Southern California cancer care centers includes:
- Four Scripps hospitals on five campuses
- Outpatient clinics
- Specialty cancer treatment centers
For details on specific centers and their services, visit cancer care locations.
As leaders in cancer care, we know what it takes to fight a winning battle. That’s why we equip our patients with the support and resources necessary to achieve their best possible outcome. From connecting you with support groups and services to empowering you with the latest resources and research, Scripps helps you along every step of your cancer journey.