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Let's pull up our chairs in a circle and check in with each other and talk about how we are doing with our NET diagnosis. Any new tests, meds or treatments going on for you? What about your symptom control? Any concerns you have?
Interested in more discussions like this? Go to the Neuroendocrine Tumors (NETs) Support Group.
The day after Thanksgiving, I had really bad epigastric pain with nausea and vomiting. I went to the ER and they did a gallbladder ultrasound, which showed something in the pancreas. They then did a CT and saw the tumor. I haven’t had any pain or further symptoms since that day. The tumor presses against my stomach and the duodenum, so maybe the big Thanksgiving meal contributed to the symptoms, or maybe the drinks I had (I don’t usually drink) induced a mild pancreatitis. Regardless, I have fortunate been fine since and have never had any symptoms to indicate that this is a functioning NET.
I definitely agree with you that I need to see a NET specialist because when I saw the GI oncologist, he told me he doesn’t even like to call NET’s “cancer” and at the end of the appointment he said, “You’re not going to die from this.” Meanwhile, we haven’t even staged it yet and don’t know if it’s metastasized beyond the lymph nodes, and the tumor is only borderline resectable, so I thought that was an awfully cavalier statement to make. I have an appointment with a NET specialist on 1/12, the week after my scan. I just want to get some treatment started! The waiting is hard.
Thank you for welcoming me to the group. I’ll keep you posted!
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Hello @kate12345 and @netpatient,
As you are both new to Mayo Connect, I wanted you to know about the next virtual Mayo support group meeting for patients with NETs. The meeting will be this Thursday. Here is the registration information:
The Jan 6 meeting's topic is Genetic Testing. Family members are also welcome to attend. Find out more and register to attend here:
– Neuroendocrine Cancer Support Group Meeting https://connect.mayoclinic.org/event/neuroendocrine-cancer-support-group-meeting-fl-1-108/
I think you will find the group most helpful and welcoming.
Hello @kate12345 and @netpatient
Just wanted to correct the post about the support group meeting on Thursday. The speaker for Genetic Testing was not available, so the topic will be different. I hope that you will be able to attend.
Doctor recommended another test before making the surgery decision. A Netscan. We'll see what that indicates about the state of the rest of the lung tissue before deciding what surgery makes sense. Has anyone any experience with DIPNECH? That's on the list of possibilities.
I was thinking about you and wondering if you have had the Netscan yet. I hope you are doing well and have the needed information to make an informed decision about surgery.
Will you post an update at your convenience?
I will try very not to miss it.
Dr. Starr will be providing an introduction to Genetic Testing this Thursday. The speaker from Clinical Genomics will present at our March meeting.
Hello, My name is Lenora and this is my first time commenting on the NETs website. I have been reading the comments which have been most informative. I was diagnosed in September 2021 with Stage four NETs with metastasis to the liver, bones, lymph nodes and pleura. I had a liver biopsy in Sept. which showed grade 2 (closer to 1) cells, well differentiated. It has taken several months and tests to get to this point. This has been the most difficult part for me. A mesenteric node was found on an MRI which was done in 2019 and the recommendation was to watch and wait. In the interim I was being treated for GERD, H.Pylori infection and gastritis.
The treatment with PPIs, antibiotics, antacids helped initially, but my symptoms persisted. The pandemic was also a factor in a delayed diagnosis. I believe in self-advocacy and insisted that something else was wrong with me. I suspected that I had cancer somewhere. It wasn't until the results of the 24hr urine were reported that my GI specialist suspected Carcinoid Tumors which now showed up in an enterography. I guess better late than never!
The timeframe from diagnosis to treatment has been relatively short. For that I am grateful. I am being followed at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Phila. by someone who specializes in these cancers. I am receiving first line treatment with Octreotide which I self-administered for three wks and now get once a month in long acting form. I will have a CT scan in February 2022 to see how things are progressing. My fear is that there will be little or no positive change only because my symptoms persist and are very episodic.
I would be grateful to speak with someone who may have had a similar experience.
Welcome Lenora, I'm so glad that you posted about your NETs story after following the discussions for a bit. @tomewilson @gulzar @megansims also have experience with octreotide. Are you tolerating it well?
@tatteesmom3, did you meet with the surgeon this week? How did it go?
Hi Lenora, I am the leader of The Wisconsin Neuroendocrine Cancer Connection, a group of 163 and growing people who have Neuroendocrine Cancer and live in Wisconsin. My wife was DX with NETs in April 2015 and has been seen at Mayo Rochester by Dr. Halfdanarson who is a NETs specialist. She is a midgut, stage 4, mets to the liver with a less than 2% mitotic rate. She has been receiving Octreotide injections monthly for a few years now. This followed surgeries at Mayo in Oct 2015 and Dec 2016. She is also on Everolimus daily (a pill) and Xermelo 2 times daily (pill). The Everolimus is to control growth of the liver tumors and the Xermelo is to reduce circulating serotonin which is believed to be effecting her tricuspid valve resulting in Carcinoid Heart Disease (CHD). If I may ask what you 5HIAA results were? It is important to have an echo of the heart every year or two to check for CHD. Also, monitoring systems or having a simple blood test first (Pro BNP) is recommended. Please feel free to ask questions. I'm happy to speak by phone as well. Another resource I recommend is NCAN.org – it is the largest patient directed resource for NETs globally.
Hi Lenora, my husband has been diagnosed with Neuroendocrine cancer and we knew nothing about it? He has a spot on the tail of his pancreas and is many lesions on his liver, also the lymph nodes are involved in his stomach. He also has some bulged disc's in his back which is where the liver lesions were discovered. We sent him for an mRI for his back. He has had 7 back surgeries, he is ex-military. He is being treated with Sandostatin once a month. His pain levels are out of control? Now it seems to be going down his hip and leg? I don't know if it from the back or the cancer? His pain is worse than it was with back surgeries? I am speaking to his Dr. on zoom chat Tues. he had a Copper? PET scan? Maybe I do not know clinical terms but that is what we were told. We are going to Moffitt in Tampa, does anyone have any advice?
Sorry to hear that, you are going to a good place for medical care, does he has his thyroid checked?, I have that type of cancer and sometimes with medications the tumors get smaller, good luck!
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