What is meant by prognosis?

A prognosis is a doctor’s opinion about the possible outcome or course of a disease. The prognosis and survival rates of people with neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) depend on several factors:

  • Symptoms – how it affects you physically and emotionally
  • Symptomatic or asymptomatic – whether you have symptoms related to excess hormone released by the tumor
  • Stage – how advanced the cancer is
  • Grade– how fast or slow it is growing

Other factors that can affect what may happen in the long term are your health in general and whether or not you have any other medical conditions.

What is meant by staging and grading of NETs?

To help determine which treatment may be best for a particular situation, doctors often stage and grade tumors.

Cancer staging – gives a measure of how much cancer is in a person’s body and where it is

Cancer grading – gives an indication of how quickly or aggressively tumors are growing

How do doctors use staging and grading information?

NETs are usually classified according to their location in the body.

Staging and grading may give clues to the likely long-term outcome for a patient, and the treatment option that may work best for them.


Find out more about NETs

Diagnosis and Testing

Diagnosing NETs

Find out how NETs are diagnosed and the tools doctors may use to help.


Living with NETs

The emotional, physical, and social challenges of living with NETs.

Living with NETs

Advocacy & Support

Living with NETs is not something that you have to do alone. Find help and support.

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