neuroendocrine

Well differentiated neuroendocrine tumour (NET) of the appendix

What is a well differentiated neuroendocrine tumour in the appendix? Well differentiated neuroendocrine tumour (NET) is a type of cancer and the most common type of cancer in the appendix. The tumour is made up of specialized neuroendocrine cells that are normally found inside the appendix.  Pathologists divide well differentiated NETs of the appendix into …
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Neuroendocrine cells

What are neuroendocrine cells? Neuroendocrine cells are specialized cells that function as part of both the nervous and endocrine systems of the body. Neuroendocrine cells are found throughout the body. Normal neuroendocrine cells are often hard to see under the microscope because they are small and hidden between other types of cells. When examined on …
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Pheochromocytoma

What is pheochromocytoma? A pheochromocytoma is a type of neuroendocrine tumour that starts from specialized neuroendocrine cells normally found in a part of the adrenal gland called the medulla. Most pheochromocytomas behave as non-cancerous tumours and will not spread to other parts of the body. What is the difference between a pheochromocytoma and a paraganglioma? Pheochromocytoma …
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Merkel cell carcinoma

What is Merkel cell carcinoma? Merkel cell carcinoma is a type of skin cancer. It develops from the Merkel cells normally found in the skin. Merkel cells are neuroendocrine cells and Merkel cell carcinoma is a type of neuroendocrine tumour. For this reason, another name for Merkel cell carcinoma is primary neuroendocrine carcinoma of the …
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Carcinoid

What is a carcinoid? A carcinoid is a tumour made up of specialized neuroendocrine cells. Most carcinoids start in the lungs where they are divided into two groups – typical carcinoid and atypical carcinoid. Carcinoid tumours can also be found in the colon and pancreas where they are usually given the name well differentiated neuroendocrine tumour. …
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