VIPomas are neuroendocrine tumours (NETs) that usually start in the pancreas. They can also start in other parts of the body such as the bowel, lungs and liver.

They are a type of functioning NET of the pancreas.

What are VIPomas?

VIPomas are rare NETs that start in neuroendocrine cells that make the hormone VIP. 

Symptoms of VIPoma

Symptoms of VIPomas include diarrhoea that can be severe and tummy (abdominal) pain.

Diagnosing VIPoma

You have some tests to diagnose a VIPoma. This might include blood tests and scans.

Stages and grades of pancreatic NETs

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

Treatment for VIPoma

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

Research and clinical trials for pancreatic NETs

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

Follow up for VIPoma

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

Last reviewed: 
11 Aug 2021
Next review due: 
11 Aug 2024
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