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Neuroendocrine tumor diagnosis

If your healthcare provider believes you may have neuroendocrine tumor, you will need certain exams and tests to be sure.

You should expect to be asked questions about your health history, your symptoms, risk factors, and family history of disease. Understanding your background will help your provider make a diagnosis.

The first step is for the doctor to take a complete medical history to check for risk factors and symptoms. Following your physical exam, you may have one of the following tests:

  • Blood/Urine Test. Your doctor may collect blood and urine samples to check for abnormal levels of hormones and other notable content.
  • Imaging Test. An MRI, X-ray image or CT scan may reveal any abnormalities that your healthcare providers are searching for.
  • Biopsy Tissue Sample. A biopsy removes tissue or cells to be 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 a variety of ways including bronchoscopy, mediastinoscopy, and needle biopsy. Ask your provider about your specific type of biopsy to learn more.