Irrfan Khan Dies Of Cancer: What Is Neuroendocrine Cancer, What Are Its Symptoms?

Today, the news that completely shook the nation was Irrfan Khan’s death. He passed away at the age of 53 after succumbing to Neuroendocrine Tumour but do you know about this rare disease?

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Irrfan Khan Dies Of Cancer: What Is Neuroendocrine Cancer, What Are Its Symptoms?
After battling with neuroendocrine tumour or cancer, Irrfan Khan breathed his last this morning when he succumbed to this ugly disease. One of the prolific actors of Bollywood who was yesterday hospitalized and kept in the ICU in a Mumbai hospital passed away, leaving everyone grieving. Apart from his fans, Bollywood celebs like Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Taapsee Pannu, Akshay Kumar, Kiara Advani, Parineeti Chopra, Kriti Sanon and many more took to their social media handle to offer condolences to Irrfan’s family.

As the actor was battling with neuroendocrine tumour or cancer, very few people might have knowledge about this disease. Hence, we are here to educate our readers on this rarely spoken about cancer and starting with the understanding of cancer.

What is a Neuroendocrine Tumor?
A neuroendocrine tumour (“NET”) is a relatively rare type of cancer that can occur in many parts of the body. This cancer is not only found in the brain, however, the tumour also exists in places where the neurological and the endocrine systems work together and that is most commonly found in the intestine. But it is not restricted to that area, it is frequently found on the lungs and pancreas too.

What are the Types of Neuroendocrine Tumours?
Since the nature of Neuroendocrine tumours is quite rare, hence, less than 1% of cancers fall into this category. The types of Neuroendocrine Tumors are:
Carcinoid tumours
Merkel’s cell tumours
Neuroendocrine carcinoma

What are the Symptoms?
Fatigue, weight loss, or pain in the area, however, these symptoms are not major, it is easy to miss or ignore. If the diagnosis is been delayed, the outcome of the treatment gets a little worse. In many cases, these tumours can secrete excessive amounts of different hormones into the bloodstream, causing flushing of the face, sweating, and diarrhoea. Nevertheless, not all symptoms are the same, they may vary depending on the type of neuroendocrine. ALSO READ: Irrfan Khan Dies Of Cancer; Here Is The Actor's Last Instagram Post - Just A Happy Moment With A Friend

Irrfan Khan Cancer: What Treatment did he get?
For the treatment, Irrfan Khan spent most of the days in London. But more than the place, the treatment entirely depends on the part(s) of the body affected with cancer. However, as everyone knows, people firstly and often opt for treatments including chemotherapy or surgery for common cancer. While Irrfan Khan has not revealed many medical details about his cancer, he has revealed he underwent several rounds of chemotherapy. If he does relapse it is likely his doctors will consider immunotherapy as a treatment option.  ALSO READ: Irrfan Khan Death: 'I Trust, I Have Surrendered'; Official Statement Cites Actor's Words From His First Letter After Being Diagnosed With Cancer

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