The five-year survival rate for people with a GI neuroendocrine tumor is 97%. Once the tumor starts spreading to nearby areas, that outlook becomes 95%, and if the tumor spreads to distant sites, the survival rate drops to 67%.
Every person who receives a cancer diagnosis develops their own way of coping, but, there are a few common strategies you can use to manage the emotions that come with your diagnosis.
First, you should conduct your own research about your condition. The best way to do this is by asking your health care team for more information.
Another way to cope with the diagnosis is by talking to others who have cancer. You can join a support group online or in person. There are plenty of options for patients of different ages, locations and conditions. The University of Cincinnati Cancer Center offers supportive services and programs for your cancer journey – explore them here.
It may help to find control where you can. There are only so many things you can control when it comes to your cancer diagnosis, so you should take steps to maintain your health in other ways, such as through exercise and nutrition.