Neuroendocrine bronchial and thymic tumors

Introduction

This definition is written by an Anticancer Fund-author. We only provide general information and advice from medical professionals should be followed. This information was last updated by an Anticancer Fund-author in July 2014.

 

Slow growing tumor formed of neuroendocrine cells from the lungs or the thymus. Normally those cells produce hormones and other chemical compounds, then the tumors sometimes overproduce those substances causing symptoms throughout the body.

Synonyms

Neuroendocrine bronchial and thymic tumors
Carcinoid bronchial tumor

Carcinoid thymic tumor

Bronchial NET

Thymic NET

Neuroendocrine carcinoma of the bronchi

Neuroendocrine carcinoma of the thymus

 

Thymus cancer Thymus tumor Bronchial cancer Bronchial tumor

Therapies by type

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Radiotherapy

Medical use of high-energy radiation to kill cancer cells and reduce tumor size. More

Registered drugs

Anti-cancer drugs with market authorization in the USA or in countries of the European Union. More

Clinical trials

A clinical trial is a research study conducted with patients to evaluate whether a new treatment is safe (safety) and whether it works (efficacy). Clinical trials are performed to test the efficacy of drugs but also non-drug treatments such as radiotherapy or surgery and combinations of different treatments. Clinical trials take place in all kinds of hospitals and clinics, but mostly in academic hospitals. They are organized by researchers and doctors.

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