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Bronchopulmonary NETs: A unique lung cancer
About 25% of neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) originate in the bronchopulmonary system. These tumors include lung NETs and thymic NETs.29,30
Lung NETs comprise approximately 2% of primary lung tumors.31 They are a distinct subset of NETs that share common anatomic primary sites but represent a spectrum of different histologic diagnoses, clinical behaviors, and natural histories30
Thymic NETs account for 2% of all mediastinal tumors.30 These tumors are usually sporadic,1,30 often more aggressive than other NETs, and are associated with a less favorable prognosis30
Median 5-year survival is 27% for patients with well-differentiated lung NETs with distant metastases.1
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