If you have pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) that secrete hormones, medications other than conventional chemotherapy may help treat your cancer or symptoms. For example, octreotide (Sandostatin) may help stop NETs from releasing hormones. This can reduce symptoms caused by high hormone levels.
- Octreotide may also stop NETs from growing.
- Diazoxide may help stabilize blood sugar levels in people with insulinomas.
- Proton pump inhibitors may help control stomach acid in people with gastrinomas.
Doctors typically use these drugs to control symptoms of functional NETs (those that secrete hormones) before doing surgery to remove the tumors. Your team at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance will offer you options like this if they might help reduce your symptoms or control your disease.