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(615) 936-8422

Or 1 (877) 936-8422

Referring Physicians

Referring Physicians

Clinical Tips for Diagnosis

Neuroendocrine tumors can be difficult to diagnose because of the variety of symptoms they present.
Possible symptoms
  • Tumors that originate in the pancreas can cause abdominal pain, ulcers, diabetes, skin rashes, diarrhea and changes in weight.
  • Those that originate in the lungs and gastrointestinal tract (carcinoids) may cause flushing, diarrhea, abdominal pain, cough wheezing and in advanced cases, damage to the heart.
Diagnostic testing
  • If symptoms suggest a neuroendocrine tumor, blood and urine test should be performed to measure hormone levels. If elevated, imaging techniques, including PET/CT scans, endoscopies and octreoscans should be used to locate tumors and see if the cancer has spread, followed by a biopsy of the tumor. 

To refer a patient 

To make an appointment or refer a patient, call 1-877-936-8422.
Have the following available:
    Diagnosis or symptoms
    Previous testing, diagnostic scans, blood work and/or surgeries
    Name and contact information for your Primary Care Doctor or Referring Physician
    Daytime phone number
Our Location: Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center, 2220 Pierce Ave., Nashville, TN 37232