NET, also called lung carcinoid tumors, are the least dangerous kind of primary lung cancer. They develop from a special kind of cell that resides in the air sacs and grows slowly. Two types exist: typical neuroendocrine tumor and atypical neuroendocrine tumor. Surgery alone is used to treat both types — no other treatment is necessary after the tumor is removed.
Lung carcinoid tumors, or lung carcinoids, aren’t common. They usually grow slower than other lung cancers. They’re made up of neuroendocrine cells, which make hormones. Your neuroendocrine cells help control airflow and blood flow in your lungs.
Types of NET carcinomas of the lung include:
- Small cell lung cancer
- Large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma (LCNEC)
- Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)
Why Choose Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center?
One of only 71 NCI-designated cancer centers in the United States. Sylvester is one of only two cancer centers in Florida that have been recognized by the National Cancer Institute. The team earned this distinction through its outstanding work conducting research in its laboratories, treating patients in its clinics and hospitals, and reaching out to medically underserved communities with innovative prevention strategies.
The most experienced lung cancer detection and diagnosis team in South Florida. We specialize in achieving the most accurate, correct diagnosis of your cancer, often down to the genetic level.
Robotic video-assisted surgery program ranked among top 10 in the Southeast. Our excellent surgeons use robotic video-assisted technology to improve patient outcomes, including decreased blood loss in surgery, shorter hospital stays, and higher survival rates on average for appropriate patients.
Advanced radiation oncology tools. Sylvester is one of only five medical centers in the country with ViewRay™ — MRI-guided radiation therapy. Our RapidArc® radiotherapy system delivers intensity modulated external radiation therapy (IMRT). These tools lead to more efficient and effective treatments, shorter treatment times, pinpoint accuracy in tumor targeting, and less damage to surrounding healthy tissue.