Raising awareness of neuroendocrine cancers around the world

NET Cancer Day

November 10

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Why do NET cancers behave differently in different people?

Different NETs affect people in different ways in terms of how the tumor grows, the symptoms produced, whether or not they spread and how they spread. However, all NETs share some similar characteristics.

The histology (what the tumors look like under a microscope) is very important in order to classify the cancer into a type, and therefore allow the medical team to be able to plan appropriate treatment. Although NETs share similar characteristics, the diagnosis and the way the cancer may behave could be different.

The most important aspect of NET patient care is that it is tailored to suit the individual, and that this care is provided by a specialist in the field of NETs. Quality of life is paramount for the patient, and so teamwork is essential to provide a solid plan of treatment and follow-up.

There has been much research work done by specialist healthcare professionals and progress has been made in terms of understanding these tumors. It is important to ensure that people with NETs are seen by specialists in order to access all the knowledge available.

A NET cancer patient should ideally be referred to a center where there is a multidisciplinary team that works together to ensure the best outcomes for each patient. This team would normally include gastroenterologists, surgeons, oncologists, endocrinologists, radiologists, nuclear medicine specialists, histopathologists and clinical nurse specialists.