THIS JUST IN: Tannis Brown, a pheochromocytoma patient and Vice President of the Pheo Para Troopers, will be featured on the Discovery Fit & Health Network on Monday, July 9 in a program titled Diagnosis: Dead or Alive.* The 60 minute show will focus on Jordan, a college athlete who is in his prime when he notices that he has bleeding gums and bruises that won’t heal, and Tannis, who has headaches and high blood pressure that her doctors wrongly diagnose as stress. The show will air at 10:00 pm on July 9, EST. Check local listings for specifics in your area. Click here, Discovery Fit & Health website, to find when and where the program will air.
Pheochromocytoma is a rare neuroendocrine tumor that usually starts in the medulla (center) of the adrenal glands. These tumors often produce excess hormones. According to the North American Neuroendocrine Tumor Society (NANETS) Consensus Guideline for the Diagnosis and Management of Neuroendocrine Tumors: Pheochromocytoma, Paraganglioma, and Medullary Thyroid Cancer, the annual incidence in the United States of pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma is between 500 and 1600 cases per year. Pheochromocytoma can also be part of multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN), a hereditary syndrome. Because its symptoms are often mistaken for other conditions, pheochromocytoma is frequently referred to as the ”great mimic” and patients are often misdiagnosed. To read more about these neuroendocrine tumors, including their symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment, CLICK HERE.
The Pheo Para Troopers is a nonprofit organization started by four patients. Their mission is: “To empower and support patients through knowledge, a sense of community, and advocacy while sponsoring key initiatives in data collection, treatment, and patient care.” To read more about the organization, CLICK HERE.
*All programing decisions were made by Discovery Fit & Health Network. Neither the Pheo Para Troopers nor Tannis Brown had any direct involvement with final content or editing of the program.