A quick diagnosis is important so you can start treatment as soon as possible. You should expect to be asked questions about your health history, your symptoms and risk factors. Understanding your background will help us make a diagnosis. 

We work with a team of specialists to diagnose neuroendocrine cancer, including specialists in pulmonary medicine, gastroenterology and interventional radiology.

  • Computer tomography (CT) scan. CT scans can detect the stage of the cancer being diagnosed. A CT scan can tell your doctor if the cancer has spread to other parts of your body. 

A biopsy removes tissue or cells that are checked by a pathologist under a microscope. Results from a biopsy help determine if abnormal cells are cancerous. Your doctor may perform this procedure in various ways, including bronchoscopy, endoscopy and needle biopsy.

Patients will be contacted after a biopsy by a Markey team member to review the results. Further management will be recommended at that time.

When you are diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer, it is common to feel a sense of urgency around starting treatment. However, in most cases, there is time to do the needed research to ensure that your diagnosis is correct. That may include getting a second opinion.

Our team of experts works together to diagnose, treat and prevent neuroendocrine cancer, with a focus on individualized patient care. 

Markey is among the best cancer centers in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report, when it comes to advanced treatment options, survival rates and experienced providers. As the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer program in Kentucky, Markey can serve many patients each year with rare and common cancers, including neuroendocrine cancer.

Our specialized team is happy to work with your doctors and communicate to ensure confidence in your diagnosis.

A second opinion can help to ensure that you will be getting the latest and most effective therapy for treating neuroendocrine cancer. The following are common reasons for seeking a second opinion after your initial diagnosis:

  • You are having difficulty understanding your diagnosis.
  • A dedicated team specialized in your cancer type may not be available in your area.
  • There may be uncertainty around the stage of neuroendocrine cancer.
  • You may want to learn more about treatment options, including clinical trials and advanced technologies only available at an advanced center like Markey.
  • Your health insurance requires a second opinion before continuing toward treatment.

Questions to ask when getting a second opinion

After receiving a cancer diagnosis, you may have a lot on your mind. Here a few questions to keep in mind for your doctor when seeking a second opinion:

  • Is there a chance that my medical problem could have a different diagnosis?
  • Are there additional tests I should take before moving forward with treatment?
  • Do you recommend any treatments at this time?
  • What do you expect to happen if I wait or don't have the treatment?
  • What are the side effects of treatment?
  • How long are treatment recovery periods?
Markey Cancer Center is NCI-designated

The UK Markey Cancer Center was first designated by the National Cancer Institute in 2013 – a distinction that recognizes our extraordinary ability to provide world-class care for our patients. We are the only NCI-designated cancer center in Kentucky and one of only 71 in the nation.

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