NET Cancer Day
Mar 22 2013
An exciting weekend of events (March 22-24) is planned in support of a major fundraising effort by Stichting NET-groep in the Netherlands to establish an international research study on NEC (neuroendocrine carcinoma), grade 3, a fast-growing, aggressive neuroendocrine tumor that frequently begins in the lungs but can occur anywhere in the body. Due to the nature of the tumor, by the time a patient is diagnosed the cancer has generally spread.
There will be a run for children, a hockey tournament, and a walk/run for participants of all ages. A highlight of the weekend will be a sold-out benefit evening on March 22 with performances by Flairck, an acoustic Dutch band; Louise Korthals; Francesca of Raab of Canstein; and Erik Mesie, former singer of Toontje Lager. Guitarist virtuoso Erik Visser will accompany Erik Mesie. Benefit guests are also invited to participate in an auction and enjoy refreshments. The dress code for the evening is festive chic in black & white with red accents, in keeping with the NET zebra symbol and the red carpet.
In June, a 113 km (70 mile) pilgrimage from Saria (Spain) to Santiago de Compostela in western Spain will be undertaken by Mark Schweitzer (42, diagnosed with a NEC in October 2012 with metastases to his liver and pancreas) and his good friend Don Scheers, who works for the ecumenical order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem, to raise funds for the Neuroendocrine Carcinoma Research Fund. (Pictured is the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela)
Imagine rowing between London and Sweden – that was the goal of a team of rowers in support of their friend Matt who was diagnosed with a NET. Not only did they meet their goal of 1,000,000 meters (621 miles) they exceeded it by rowing 1,200,000 meters or 735 miles and raised an amazing £ 11,100 or $16,843!!! This is one of the many challenges the group will undertake this year to raise awareness of NET cancer and to support the NET Patient Foundation in the UK and the iCancer campaign in support of the anti-cancer virus research at Uppsala University in Sweden. Read more about the challenges the team is planning: http://www.thislifematters.co.uk/rowing-to-sweden. Visit the NET Patient Foundation’s website, http://www.netpatientfoundation.org/, to learn more about their organization.
Dec 16 2012
A new film and website page dedicated to lung NETs (grade 1 carcinoid and grade 2 atypical carcinoid) has just been released by Stichting NET-groep, the NET patient organization in the Netherlands. Dr. Wieneke Buikhuisen, a NET specialist from the Netherlands Cancer Institute, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Ziekenhuis in Amsterdam, has been working with lung NET patients for eight years. She is the featured presenter in the film which was created on NET Cancer Day 2012. Early in 2013, the film will be subtitled in English.
The new website page, http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=aPCeAaxapjY, which includes the film, provides extensive information about lung NETs including:
How do doctors determine the grade and type of lung NET?
There are also a dozen links to films about NETs, brochures about lung NETs and NEC, scientific articles, and more. This is an excellent resource for lung carcinoid and neuroendocrine carcinoma patients. In January 2013, Stichting NET-groep, in conjunction with a lung cancer patient organization in Holland, will be creating a film for neuroendocrine carcinoma patients, stage 3.
Thank you to Stichting NET-groep for all you do for carcinoid and NET cancer patients and their loved ones!
Nov 15 2012
The inaugural meeting of the Irish Neuroendocrine Neoplasm Group was held this month at Trinity College Dublin. Irish and international experts in carcinoid/NETs gathered to discuss advances in the field, diagnostic and therapeutic practices currently available in Ireland, as well as areas where Ireland is falling behind, especially in specialized nuclear medicine diagnostic and therapy tools.
Dr. Dermot O’Toole, Consultant Gastroenterologist/Pancreatologist and Associate Professor at St. James’s Hospital and Trinity College Dublin, who organized and served as Co-Chair of the Scientific Committee for the meeting, commented that the meeting “formed the backbone in paving the way for developing a recognized Irish Network to provide care for patients with this disease.”
An open patients’ forum on NETs was held in Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute in conjunction with Worldwide NET Cancer Awareness Day on November 10. Dr. Susan O’Reilly, Director of the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP), opened the forum and patients and Irish and Swedish NET cancer experts participated in a question and answer session. The creation of a formal Irish Neuroendocrine Patients Group was also an outcome of the day. Read more
Pictured above, left to right: Dr Dermot O’Toole, Consultant Gastroenterologist/Pancreatologist & Associate Professor St James’s Hospital & Trinity College Dublin; Dr Derek Power, Consultant Medical Oncologist, Mercy University Hospital, Cork; Ms Barbro Eriksson, Medical Oncologist, University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden; Dr Susan O’Reilly, Director of National Cancer Control Programme; Mr Dan Granberg, Lead Uppsala NET Centre of Excellence, University Hospital, Uppsala and Justin Groghegan, Consultant Hepato-Bilairy Pancreatic
Fennell Photography Copyright 2012.
A free copy of the e-book, My Insulinoma: Personal Experiences from Real People with an Insulinoma, is now available for downloading as a PDF (click here). The book is also available on Amazon as an e-book for a Kindle (click here) ; all proceeds from the sales will go to the NET Patient Foundation in the UK. The book is written by people with an insulinoma who want to share their journeys with this rare disease and contains information about symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. It is dedicated to Te Rina Lyttle who died at age 15 from a malignant insulinoma in April 2012.
Nov 9 2012
Much has been written about a potential new treatment for neuroendocrine tumors being developed by Dr. Kjell Oberg’s team at Uppsala University Hospital in Sweden – a treatment which uses customized (i.e. molecularly engineered) viruses to target NET cancer tumor cells. The story has been covered in the mainstream media under headlines such as “A Virus That Kills Cancer: A Cure That’s Waiting In The Cold.”
On November 2, the Carcinoid & Neuroendocrine Tumor Society of Singapore held a seminar on the subject of Oncolytic Virus Therapy for Neuroendocrine Tumors (NETs). In this talk, Dr. Oberg describes and illustrates exactly how the virus is developed, how it is targeted to NET cancer tumors, and the potential benefit to patients.
Below is a link to a recording of this important, if somewhat technical, seminar.
To learn more about the oncolytic virus fund at Uppsala University click here.
Jul 10 2012
Why is the zebra associated with NETs? Find out in a charming cartoon sequel following the journey of a NET cancer patient, starting on July 10. Presented in an engaging and straightforward manner, with a well-intentioned sense of humor, the 5-episode zebra story builds up to NET Cancer Day, which is marked globally on November 10. Read rest of article.
Jun 13 2012
Neuroendocrine Tumours: A Guide for Nurses has been written for nurses who care for patients affected by neuroendocrine tumours (NETs). The guide provides a detailed understanding of the various types of NETs, the methods of investigation, and treatment options, as well as an overview of the challenges faced in living with NETs. Read rest of article.
Feb 24 2012
The Caring for Carcinoid Foundation (CFCF) is dedicated to empowering patients and equipping them with a comprehensive understanding of treatment options so that patients can make the best informed decision when deciding their care. Read rest of article.
Nov 9 2011
Go around the globe for the second Worldwide NET Cancer Awareness Day (WNCAD) on November 10, 2011. Throughout that day, videos featuring NET events and experts will air online as the sun travels west, from Australia to Europe to North America. Read rest of article.