For a comprehensive overview of neuroendocrine tumors, watch this fascinating video on the Healthy Body, Healthy Mind television series. Every episode on the health and wellness TV series focuses on the stories of real people; people who are working to make life better for themselves and their families, despite tremendous medical challenges. Viewers also get advice from top experts on the cutting edge of medicine.
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The neuroendocrine tumor video, 26 minutes in length, features carcinoid/NET cancer specialists Jonathan R. Strosberg, MD, an attending physician in the gastrointestinal department at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Florida; Larry K. Kvols, MD, Section Head, Neuroendocrine Oncology, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center; James C. Yao, MD, Associate Professor and Deputy Chair of the Department of Oncology at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston; and Matthew H. Kulke, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts.
The three patients followed in the video are architect Hans Schelereth, who experienced seizures before being diagnosed with an insulinoma; Tina Lussier, a carcinoid patient with symptoms, including pain and diarrhea, for 3 years before diagnosis; and Carlos Barbera, who has a nonfunctioning pancreatic tumor with liver metastasis.
From symptoms and diagnosis to treatment, the video gives a wide-ranging look at neuroendocrine tumors. “What causes them to develop?” asks Dr. Yao. Another important question, he notes is, “What causes some of these small, benign neuroendocrine tumors to become more aggressive and spread?”
According to Dr. Kvols, it is “important to be seen and treated at a center with a multidisciplinary approach.” A pioneer in neuroendocrine study, Dr. Kvols is optimistic because there are so many more options for NET patients today than there were 25 years ago. Both Dr. Yao and Dr. Kulke discuss clinical trials and improved treatment options that have helped to limit tumor progression.
Among the topics covered in the Healthy Mind, Healthy Body series are bone health, dermatology, diabetes, diet and nutrition, gastrointestinal, heart, infectious diseases, neurology, oncology, and sleep disorders. In addition to the oncology video on neuroendocrine tumors there is also a video on clinical trials for oncology patients. For more about the Healthy Mind, Healthy Body series, CLICK HERE.