Lung neuroendocrine tumours (NETs)

Neuroendocrine tumours (NETs) are rare cancers that can start in different areas of the body, including the lungs.  

Some lung NETs are called carcinoid tumours.

What are lung neuroendocrine tumours?

Lung neuroendocrine tumours (NETs) are rare lung cancers that start in the neuroendocrine cells of the lung. They are rare and usually develop slowly over some years.

Symptoms of lung NETs

Symptoms of a lung NET can include a cough, shortness of breath, coughing up blood, weight loss and tiredness. Although up to half of all people with a lung NET do not have any symptoms at diagnosis. 

Getting diagnosed

You see your GP and have some tests to diagnose a lung neuroendocrine tumour (NET). This might include blood tests and a chest x-ray.

Stages, types and grades of lung NETs

The stage, type and grade of a lung NET helps your doctor decide which treatment you need.

Treatment for lung NETs

The treatment depends on the type of lung NET, where the tumour is, its size and whether it has spread (the stage).

Follow up for lung NETs

After treatment for a lung NET you have regular follow up appointments and might need to have some tests.

Research into lung NETs

Find out about the latest research into lung NETs and see how you can take part in a clinical trial.

Survival for Lung NETs

Survival depends on many factors. It depends on the type of lung NET, its stage and the grade of the tumour when it was diagnosed.

Living with NETs

Get practical and emotional support to help you cope with a neuroendocrine tumour.

Last reviewed: 
21 Apr 2021
Next review due: 
20 Apr 2024