VIPomas are neuroendocrine tumours (NETs) that usually start in the pancreas. They can also start in other parts of the body such as the bowel, lungs and liver.
They are a type of functioning NET of the pancreas.
VIPomas are rare NETs that start in neuroendocrine cells that make the hormone VIP.
Symptoms of VIPomas include diarrhoea that can be severe and tummy (abdominal) pain.
You have some tests to diagnose a VIPoma. This might include blood tests and scans.
The stage and grade of a pancreatic NET helps your doctor decide which treatment you need.
The treatment you have depends on a number of things such as where the VIPoma is, its size and whether it has spread.
Researchers are looking at improving the diagnosis, treatment and quality of life of people with pancreatic NETs.
You have follow up appointments to check how you are and see if you have any problems or worries.
There are some factors that increase your risk of developing a pancreatic NET. This includes some medical conditions.
Get practical and emotional support to help you cope with a neuroendocrine tumour.
Survival for VIPomas depends on different factors. So no one can tell you exactly how long you will live.