Treating Neuroendocrine Tumors of the GI Tract
At Scott & White, You’re Treated as a Person, Not a Diagnosis
- Our Tumor Board Sets Us Apart
As an endocrine cancer patient at Scott & White, in addition to having a highly experienced Integrated Care Team, you’ll also benefit from the expertise of the Scott & White Tumor Board.
Led by senior staff, our multidisciplinary board consists of endocrine cancer experts who discuss available approaches to care and formulate patient-specific treatment plans. This treatment planning helps ensure you receive the highest quality, individualized care.
With the benefits of the expert skill of our premier diagnosticians endocrine surgeons at Scott & White, the outlook for recovery from your neuroendocrine tumors of the GI tract is very good. Our top-of-the-line equipment and advanced treatment techniques help make your carcinoid tumors or islet cell tumors a thing of your past.
Our endocrine specialists, nurses and support staff know the anxiety and fear that come with a cancer diagnosis. They’ll compassionately guide you through all stages of your cancer treatment.
As a Scott & White patient, you’ll also benefit from having a multidisciplinary team — your Integrated Care Team — working together to provide you with the best care possible at all stages of your cancer treatment.
We have a comprehensive, interdisciplinary cancer treatment program at Scott & White. We promote a multidisciplinary approach to complex cancers, while providing the highest quality individualized care for the patient.
The members of your Integrated Care Team bring together the collective skill and expertise from all the specialties and subspecialties involved in your care, which can include:
- Surgical oncology and endocrine surgery
- Radiation oncology
- Medical oncology
- Interventional radiology
- Nuclear medicine
- Oncology social work
Collaborative Care and Expertise Help Ensure the Best Outcome for You
Sophisticated cancer care takes teamwork. That’s why Scott & White promotes a collaborative environment.
Your Integrated Care Team will met to discuss your specific needs and determine the best treatment options for you to consider. Then your lead physician will talk with you and, if you’d like, your family, about the team’s recommendations.
Together, you and your lead physician will decide which treatment choice is best for you.
Throughout your treatment, your physicians will continue to meet regularly to discuss your care. This ongoing, close collaboration helps ensure the best outcome for you.
Following active treatment, your Integrated Care Team will work with you to create the most appropriate follow-up care plan.
Your Treatment Options
At Scott & White, we explore every treatment option, considering surgical and nonsurgical alternatives. In many cases, your cancer treatment will include a combination of approaches. Treatment options include:
- Active Surveillance
- Alternate Therapies
- Radiation Therapy
- Targeted Therapies
- Clinical Trials
Factors That Impact Your Treatment
Your treatment options for neuroendocrine tumors of the GI tract generally depend on these factors:
- Type of NET you have
- Type, stage and location of tumor in your digestive system
- Whether your cancer has spread
- Your age and general health
- Your surgical history
- Your personal preference
When I see patients, they do tend to have a lot of questions — a lot of unanswered questions at that point — and so the first appointment tends to be a fairly extensive appointment, at which time we talk about the disease, the disease process, what to expect, and what we can do to help them.