The 51-year-old Hindi film actor Irrfan Khan disclosed that he has been diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour. He also confirmed that he is at present out of the country for treatment.
Stating that it has been difficult to deal with the disease, Irrfan said people close to him are giving him hope and support to fight it.
What is neuroendocrine tumour?
A tumor begins when healthy cells change and grow out of control, forming a mass. Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) are neoplasms that arise from cells of the endocrine (hormonal) and nervous systems. Many are benign, while some are malignant (cancerous). They most commonly occur in the intestine, where they are often called carcinoid tumors, but they are also found in the pancreas, lung and the rest of the body, according to inputs from Indian Express and cancer.net.
A cancerous tumor is malignant, meaning it can grow and spread to other parts of the body if it is not found early and treated. A benign tumor means the tumor can grow but will not spread. A benign tumor usually can be removed without it causing much harm, according to inputs from Indian Express and cancer.net.
A neuroendocrine tumor begins in the hormone-producing cells of the body’s neuroendocrine system, which is made up of cells that are a combination of hormone-producing endocrine cells and nerve cells, according to inputs from Indian Express and cancer.net.
Types of neuroendocrine tumors include Pheochromocytoma, Merkel cell cancer and neuroendocrine carcinoma, according to inputs from Indian Express and cancer.net.