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Glucagonomas are rare neuroendocrine tumours (NETs) that start in cells of the pancreas that make the hormone glucagon. They are a type of functioning NETs of the pancreas.

What are glucagonomas?

Glucagonoma is a very rare type of tumour that develops in the pancreas.

Symptoms of glucagonoma

Symptoms of glucagonoma include a skin rash and weight loss.

Getting diagnosed

You have some tests to diagnose a glucagonoma. This might include blood tests and an endoscopy.

Stages and grades of pancreatic NETs

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

Treatment for glucagonomas

The treatment you have depends on a number of things such as where the glucagonoma is, its size and whether it has spread.

Research and clinical trials

Researchers are looking at improving the diagnosis, treatment and quality of life of people with pancreatic NETs.

Follow up

You have follow up appointments to check how you are and see if you have any problems or worries.

Risks and causes of pancreatic NETs

There are some factors that increase your risk of developing a pancreatic NET. This includes some medical conditions.

Living with NETs

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


Survival for glucagonoma depends on different factors. So no one can tell you exactly how long you will live. 

Last reviewed: 
20 Jun 2019

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