Center for Neuroendocrine Tumors

The UCSF Center for Neuroendocrine Tumors provides comprehensive care for patients with all types of neuroendocrine tumors (NETs). Arising from cells that have traits of both nerve cells and endocrine cells, these rare tumors may produce hormones and can develop in many parts of the body, including the head and neck, lungs, pancreas and digestive tract.

We're equipped to handle any NET, no matter where it appears in the body or how it behaves. Our team includes surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, cardiologists, endocrinologists, symptom management experts, genetic counselors, nutritionists, psychologists, social workers and other specialists. We work together to provide patients with a precise diagnosis and treatment plan tailored to their particular case and needs.

All of our patients can expect to receive the latest and most effective therapies available for their condition. For a patient with a pancreatic NET, for example, the best treatment might involve minimally invasive surgery to remove the tumor. A patient with a gastrointestinal tumor might benefit from peptide receptor radionuclide therapy (PRRT), a new radiation technique that targets cancer cells. And we might use advanced screening tools, such as the UCSF500 Cancer Gene Panel test, to identify the precise biology behind another patient's tumor.

Our goal is to deliver world-class care from a holistic perspective. We make sure that our patients and their families have the support they need to face the physical, emotional and financial challenges that can arise after a cancer diagnosis. UCSF offers a wide range of cancer support services, including a bimonthly education and support group for patients with NETs and their loved ones.

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Our providers are available for patient appointments throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and shelter-in-place order. Appointment options for new and current patients include:

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  • In-person visits at UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center locations for diagnostic evaluation, urgent lab work, infusion and radiation therapy

The health, safety and well-being of our patients remains our top priority. Accordingly, UCSF has infection prevention practices and protocols in place at all of our facilities.

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    Pembrolizumab in With Liver-Directed or Peptide Receptor Radionuclide Therapy in Neuroendocrine...

    The point estimate and 95% confidence interval of overall response rate will be obtained for each of the three liver-directed therapy groups (cryoablation, transarterial embolization(TAE) , radioembolization (RE)) separately. The ...

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    Apalutamide With or Without Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy in Treating Participants With C...

    The primary endpoint for the study is the proportion of patients with undetectable serum PSA (< 0.2 ng/mL) at 6 months following completion of apalutamide therapy (18 months from date of randomization). Fisher's exact test will be...

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    PROMOTE: Identifying Predictive Markers of Response for Prostate Cancer

    RECIST v.1.1

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    Randomized Embolization Trial for NeuroEndocrine Tumor Metastases To The Liver

    Hepatic progression-free interval (H-PFS)

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    COMbination of Bipolar Androgen Therapy and Nivolumab

    Number of participants with PSA response to Bipolar Androgen Therapy + Nivolumab. PSA response is counted for participants with ≥ 50% decline in PSA from baseline.

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    Phase II Trial of AZD6738 Alone and in Combination With Olaparib

    Will be based on one-sided exact binomial test comparison of the observed ORR in evaluable patients to the null-hypothesized value of 5%, using the 5% significance level.

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    A Study of Androgen Annihilation in High-Risk Biochemically Relapsed Prostate Cancer

    Progression free survival

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    Magnetic Resonance (MR) Imaging With Hyperpolarized Pyruvate (HP) (13C) in Castration-Resistant...

    ASI-refractory disease is defined as progression by PCWG2 criteria within 6 months of treatment initiation. ASI-responsive disease includes all other tumors not meeting this criterion.

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    Pembrolizumab-based Therapy in Previously Treated High Grade Neuroendocrine Carcinomas

    ORR is defined as the proportion of the subjects in the analysis population who demonstrated complete response (CR) or partial response (PR) radiographically according to Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST) versi...

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    Fluoroethyltyrosine in Detecting Tumors in Participants With Recurrent Intracranial Tumors

    Patients in population 1 will be grouped into high-grade gliomas, low-grade gliomas, or metastatic disease. Radiological readers will have access only to FET PET images during evaluation and will grade the lesions in a binary fash...

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