Oncology Central

Neuroendocrine tumors of the lung: a comprehensive overview

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A total of 25% of neuroendocrine tumors originate in the lung. Still, typical and atypical carcinoids of the lung are rare, accounting for only 1–2% of all lung cancers. Distant metastases are infrequent, occurring in 2–14% of cases. The mainstay of treatment of local disease is surgery. In advanced disease there are no antiproliferative agents approved for carcinoids of the lung.

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