COVID-19 and the NETs Patient
Perhaps as a NET patient, you have wondered about the significance of the COVID-19 risk specifically to your situation of treatment and follow up. I recently came across a podcast by Mark A. Lewis, M.D., a GI oncologist and a NET patient himself, and a specialist with Intermountain Health Care. I would encourage you to listen to the podcast and to review some of the links on this website.
Dr. Lewis discusses how NET specialists are making decisions to follow up with their patients either by telemedicine or in-person. The discussion also provides information on how regular surveillance may be postponed during this time if not absolutely necessary.
I found it interesting to learn that if you regularly have monthly injections at a medical facility these can now be administered at home by a visiting nurse. Some other injections for NET symptoms are now being made available to be self-injected. This will help you keep up with your needed treatments without having to visit a medical facility where you might be exposed to COVID-19. You will find links on this podcast to get more information about these services to NET patients and how you might obtain them.
The podcast is about 22 minutes and is well worth the time to listen and learn.
Here is the link to the podcast, https://netrf.org/podcast/special-episode-covid19-and-nets-what-you-need-to-know/
In addition to the podcast, I would also invite you to view this 35 minute Youtube video where Dr. Lewis discusses COVID-19 and the NET patient in more detail. Here is the link to this video,