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What Is a Neuroendocrine Tumor (NET) and Why Choose Ochsner for Your Care?

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If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor (NET), you want to trust your care to leading experts in the field. Should you choose the NET program at Ochsner? Find out here.

What is a Neuroendocrine Tumor?

A neuroendocrine tumor (NET) is a rare hormone-producing tumor that can originate anywhere in the body. While some NETs are benign, carcinoid tumors are the most commonly detected NETs, and they are usually found in the lungs or the gastrointestinal tract. Neuroendocrine tumors are cancers that begin in specialized cells called neuro cells. These have very similar traits to nerve cells and hormone producing cells, which makes them very hard to detect. 

What is the Ochsner NET program?

Our program includes a team of doctors and staff who specialize in the diagnosis and management of all forms of NETs. They have treated thousands of patients and have proven outcomes.

Why should you choose Ochsner?

We take a multidisciplinary approach to your care. Our team works with referring physicians on diagnosis and disease management decisions. Because of this, people from all over the country have chosen Ochsner for their care.

How do we treat NETs?

Our team takes an aggressive approach to the treatment of NETs, especially small bowel NETs. Most patients will benefit from a combined treatment approach that incorporates both non-surgical and surgical options, such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy, organ transplantation and aggressive surgery.

How successful are these treatments?

Our NET program is seeing more patients living 10 years or more, thanks in part to our aggressive approach and access to advanced technology.

How many patients have we treated?

The team has consulted with more than 4,000 NET patients.

What is the age range of patients we treat?

We’ve treated a wide range of patients, from 13 to 97 years old.

Where do our patients come from?

Patients come from as close as New Orleans and as far away as Canada, England, South America, Honduras and Australia.

Where can you stay during your visit?

There are numerous hotels in the area, including Brent House Hotel and the Hope Lodge. Our staff will provide you with resources to make your stay easier including lodging options and nearby amenities.

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