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What To Eat & Avoid When You Have Neuroendocrine Tumors?

Neuroendocrine tumors start in specialized cells of an individual’s neuroendocrine systems. These cells have their traits of both nerve cells and endocrine cells responsible to produce hormones. Endocrine cells are available throughout the organs of a person’s body and help in controlling most of the body’s functions.

Hormones refer to chemical substances carried from the bloodstream to achieve a specific effect on the activity done by other cells or organs present in the body. Each of the neuroendocrine tumors is of malignant tumors and most of them require many years to grow and develop slowly. However, a few of the neuroendocrine tumors are of fast-growing ones.

What To Eat & Avoid When You Have Neuroendocrine Tumors?

What To Eat & Avoid When You Have Neuroendocrine Tumors?

  • Bland food items
  • Pretzels or animal crackers
  • Fish, beef, turkey, chicken and any other skinless white meat
  • Beef or chicken-based clear broth
  • Decaffeinated beverages
  • Jelly or jam
  • Pound cake or hard candies
  • Beverages free from lactose i.e. free from lactose dairy products and soy milk
  • Noncarbonated drinks
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • All sorts of electrolyte replacement beverages
  • Potatoes, pasta and rice without skin
  • Rice and oatmeal cereal
  • Vegetables, ripe bananas and cooked or canned fruits, like pears and applesauce
  • White bread
  • Water (1)

Foods To Avoid When You Have Neuroendocrine Tumors

  • Doughnuts and butter cookies
  • Hot pepper, curry, and other spicy food items
  • Cottage cheese, cheese, yogurt and other similar types of dairy products
  • Creamy soups
  • Hot chocolate, tea, coffee and other beverages containing caffeine
  • Brownies and chocolate candies, along with caffeinated foods
  • Cream cheese, butter, and high-fat spreads
  • Milk and alcoholic beverages
  • Carbonated beverages
  • High-sugary drinks
  • Beans, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and vegetables with high fiber
  • Bran and any other high fiber cereal
  • Fresh or dried fruits, raw veggies, relishes, pickles, popcorn, and nuts. (1)

Other Locations Of Neuroendocrine Tumors

Lungs: Lungs are the second common types of locations with neuroendocrine tumors. Accordingly, approximately 30percent of total neuroendocrine tumors take place within the bronchial system responsible to carry air towards the lungs. Doctors refer to lungs neuroendocrine tumors as carcinoid tumors.

Gastrointestinal Tracts: Neuroendocrine tumors in some cases develop in gastrointestinal tracts, especially in large intestines, appendix and small intestines. GI has its central role to digest food items and liquid, along with the processing of the waste products. Gastrointestinal tract type of neuroendocrine tumors referred as carcinoid tumors.

Pancreas: About 7percent of neuroendocrine tumors may develop in pancreas i.e. a pear-shape gland present in the abdominal area between the spine and the stomach. Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors are also known as islet cell tumors.


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Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Team PainAssist, Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:October 14, 2019

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