Neuroendocrine tumours (NETs) are rare tumours that start in neuroendocrine cells of the pancreas. There are different types of pancreatic NETs, including non functioning pancreatic NETs.
Non functioning means that the NET doesn't make hormones. Or makes hormones that don't cause a set of symptoms (a syndrome).
Non functioning pancreatic NETs are the most common type of NETs of the pancreas.
Symptoms of non functioning pancreatic NETs include tummy (abdominal) pain and weight loss.
You have some tests to diagnose a non functioning pancreatic NET. This might include blood tests and scans.
The stage and grade of a pancreatic NET helps your doctor decide which treatment you need.
The treatment you have depends on a number of things such as where the non functioning pancreatic NET is, its size and whether it has spread.
Researchers are looking at improving the diagnosis, treatment and quality of life of people with pancreatic NETs.
You have follow up appointments to check how you are and see if you have any problems or worries.
Get practical and emotional support to help you cope with a neuroendocrine tumour.
There are some factors that increase your risk of developing a pancreatic NET. This includes some medical conditions.
Survival for non functioning NETs of the pancreas depends on different factors. So no one can tell you exactly how long you will live.