- Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumours (NETs)
- Advanced pancreatic NETs
- Somatostatin analogues (SSAs)
Somatostatin analogues (SSAs) for pancreatic NETs
The body produces a hormone called somatostatin, which controls how organs such as the pancreas release other hormones. Somatostatin analogues (SSAs) are medicines that are similar to somatostatin.
An SSA may be used for a functioning pancreatic NET to slow down the release of hormones and control symptoms, such as diarrhoea. In both functioning and non-functioning NETs, SSAs are also used to slow down a tumour’s growth.
The main SSAs used in Australia are octreotide and lanreotide. These are given as monthly injections into the thigh or bottom, and have very few side effects.
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Dr Lorraine Chantrill, Head of Department, Medical Oncology, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, NSW; Marion Bamblett, Nurse Unit Manager, Cancer Centre, Fiona Stanley Hospital, WA; Prof Katherine Clark, Clinical Director of Palliative Care, Northern Sydney Local Health District Cancer and Palliative Care Network, and Conjoint Professor, Northern Clinical School, The University of Sydney, NSW; Lynda Dunstone, Consumer; Kate Graham, Accredited Practising Dietitian – Upper GI Dietitian, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, VIC; Dr Gina Hesselberg, Radiation Oncologist, St George Hospital Cancer Centre, NSW; Dr Marni Nenke, Endocrinologist and Mary Overton Early Career Research Fellow, Royal Adelaide Hospital, SA; Caitriona Nienaber, 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council WA; A/Prof Nicholas O’Rourke, Head of Hepatobiliary Surgery, Royal Brisbane Hospital and The University of Queensland, QLD; Rose Rocca, Senior Clinical Dietitian – Upper GI, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, VIC; Gail Smith, Consumer. We also thank the health professionals, consumers and editorial teams who have worked on previous editions of this title.
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