Anyone treated for NETs at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL

Posted by nigelvw @nigelvw, Dec 4, 2017

Is anyone here being treated at Mayo in Jacksonville FL?

Interested in more discussions like this? Go to the Neuroendocrine Tumors (NETs) group.

I'm so glad that you posted again, @titansmistress. It sounds like you have had quite an experience of surgery and post-op problems. I'm glad that you are well enough to Connect with us again. Please feel free to share some of your experiences as you are comfortable doing so. I'm looking forward to getting to know you better.

How are you feeling now? What type of surgery did you have? Has there been any monthly injection treatments since your surgery?

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Hello @nigelvw

I hope you are doing well. You last posted awhile back and I was thinking about you. I would enjoy hearing how you are doing now. Any new treatments?

Hello @jls77

How is your husband doing with his paraganglioma tumor diagnosis? When you last posted he was managing his pain and you were looking for some other treatment options, perhaps at Mayo. Has he been considered for PRRT treatment?

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@hopeful33250

Hello @titansmistress,

I see that this is your first post on Connect. I'm glad that you joined this discussion as a Pnet patient. I am Teresa, a volunteer mentor, on Connect and also a NET patient, having had three surgeries for NETs in the upper digestive tract (considered mid-gut). By the way, how did you find this discussion group?

As NETs is a rare disorder I am always glad to have someone share their experience in this group. Please feel free to share more of your story with Pnet if you are comfortable doing so. How long ago were you diagnosed? Have you had surgeries and/or other treatments?

I look forward to getting to know you better as you share in this online Community.

Teresa

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What is NETS

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Neuroendocrine tumor – the cancer that Steve Jobs and Aretha Franklin died from.

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@tfrancis

What is NETS

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Hello Francis:

I appreciate your asking about NETs. As @tomewilson said, NETs is a form of cancer. It is rare, however, and many people have never heard of it before. For many of us, we first learned about it when we were diagnosed. Here is some information from the Mayo Clinic website that explains it further. Just click on the link and you can read more about it.
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/neuroendocrine-tumors/care-at-mayo-clinic/mac-20354135
Would you care to share why you are interested in NETs? Have you or a family member been diagnosed with this disorder?

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@hopeful33250

Hello @nigelvw and welcome to Mayo Connect. I don’t recall any of our Members being treated at the Florida location. The wife of @tomewilson is being treated at the Minnesota Mayo Clinic. Perhaps he can fill you in on their experiences there.

Have you or a family member recently been diagnosed with a NET or are you going for a second opinion/consultation?

Whatever your situation, we wish you well. I have had 3 surgeries for NETs since 2003. It is always difficult to wrap your head around the whole process from discovery to treatment. Please share with us, as you are comfortable doing so, something about your NET history.

We are here at Mayo Connect to support and encourage you in this process.

Teresa

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Hey Teresa, it seems you are active on here…I was wondering if you knew, does Mayo Jacksonville offer PRRT?

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@hopeful33250

I'm so glad that you posted again, @titansmistress. It sounds like you have had quite an experience of surgery and post-op problems. I'm glad that you are well enough to Connect with us again. Please feel free to share some of your experiences as you are comfortable doing so. I'm looking forward to getting to know you better.

How are you feeling now? What type of surgery did you have? Has there been any monthly injection treatments since your surgery?

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I had the PNET-pancreatic tail/spleen removed Jan 2018 then a very large post-op fluid collection removed July 2018. I'm struggling mentally & physically with persistent symptoms. Abdominal and back pain, freq. urination, freq. thirst, dehydration, loss of appetite, whole body aches w/burning, night sweats, fatigue, weakness, ringing in my ears. Sometimes nausea, headache, insomnia, indigestion, sore throat, sinuses run or stuffed up. I feel like I'm stuck in a bad nightmare. I do everything I can to eat well, stay hydrated, stay on a sleep schedule etc…but it doesn't matter what I do the problem symptoms persist to the point that I'm very depressed. I even took Elavil for months. It helped my mood but I experienced side effects and I discontinued. I'm so frustrated with my health & doctors.

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@titansmistress

I had the PNET-pancreatic tail/spleen removed Jan 2018 then a very large post-op fluid collection removed July 2018. I'm struggling mentally & physically with persistent symptoms. Abdominal and back pain, freq. urination, freq. thirst, dehydration, loss of appetite, whole body aches w/burning, night sweats, fatigue, weakness, ringing in my ears. Sometimes nausea, headache, insomnia, indigestion, sore throat, sinuses run or stuffed up. I feel like I'm stuck in a bad nightmare. I do everything I can to eat well, stay hydrated, stay on a sleep schedule etc…but it doesn't matter what I do the problem symptoms persist to the point that I'm very depressed. I even took Elavil for months. It helped my mood but I experienced side effects and I discontinued. I'm so frustrated with my health & doctors.

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@titansmistress

I'm so sorry to hear of the post-surgery problems you have had. I can imagine that you would feel depressed with so many physical difficulties going on. Since you discontinued the Elavil, have you tried another anti-depressant that might help with your depression?

I'm wondering how the results of your follow up blood work are going. Have you had those levels checked lately?
Does your NET doctor offer you any suggestions for dealing with the symptoms you have?

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@hopeful33250

@titansmistress

I'm so sorry to hear of the post-surgery problems you have had. I can imagine that you would feel depressed with so many physical difficulties going on. Since you discontinued the Elavil, have you tried another anti-depressant that might help with your depression?

I'm wondering how the results of your follow up blood work are going. Have you had those levels checked lately?
Does your NET doctor offer you any suggestions for dealing with the symptoms you have?

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I last saw Dr. Kasi my net specialist in Feb. just before he left Mayo and Dr. Stone I believe is the new net specialist. I've been seeing a doctor in hematology/oncology that's a internal medicine doctor. She's referred me to dermatology, spine medicine, pain clinic, pain rehabilitation/psychology, gynecology. She just referred me to another psychology Dr. for an evaluation hoping they will help discover a anti depressant better suited based on blood work. I don't have cancer but my body screams otherwise. My Pnet was a low grade pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor-well differentiated w/ 1 node out of 12 positive. I still have the same symptoms when I came to Mayo.

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@jls77

Does anyone have paraganglioma tumors?

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Me. I had one in the base of my skull and was removed last December in Mayo Clinic in Jax by Dr Philip Pirgousis

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Hello @patriciagsr

I appreciate your sharing of your experience. On Mayo Connect we all learn from each other. If you are comfortable sharing a bit more about this, could you share: What symptoms did you had prior to surgery? How are you doing since your surgery in December?

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