Disease Information

Solid Tumor: Endocrine Tumors

Alternate Names: neuroendocrine tumors

What are endocrine tumors?

Endocrine tumors affect the organs that make hormones. Hormones are chemicals that travel through your bloodstream and send signals that control body functions such as growth and development, metabolism, mood and reproduction.

Most endocrine tumors in children are either:

A small percentage of endocrine tumors are high-grade (fast-growing) cancers. These can include some of the following types of tumors:

Where endocrine tumors begin determines the body functions they affect. These endocrine tumors occur in children and adolescents:

What are the symptoms of endocrine tumors?

Symptoms of endocrine tumors vary according to tumor type. If your child has an endocrine tumor, you may see some of these general symptoms:

How are endocrine tumors treated?

Multiple treatments may be used.

Chemotherapy, radiation and/or hormone replacement therapy may be given along with or after surgery. The goal is to lessen the chance that the tumor will return by killing or reducing the number of cells that may remain.

What are the survival rates for endocrine tumors?

Survival rates for treated patients for endocrine tumors depend on the tumor location:

Why choose St. Jude for your child’s endocrine tumor treatment?


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