Fifty years ago today, August 28, 1963, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King gave his historic speech, “I Have a Dream.” That enormously powerful speech, http://youtu.be/smEqnnklfYs, still resonates with people decades later. As we listened to Dr. King’s speech we reflected upon the Carcinoid Cancer Foundation’s dream and this is what we wish for and work towards for all in the carcinoid/NET community and those who love them.
- We dream of a world where carcinoid/NET patients receive a timely and proper diagnosis;
- We hope for a world where carcinoid/NET patients all have access to specialists to diagnose, treat, and follow them;
- We see a world where new treatments are approved on a regular basis and they are accessible for all carcinoid/NET patients;
- We look towards a world where all doctors and healthcare professionals – from medical students to nurses to internists to oncologists – will know about carcinoid/NETs and recognize the symptoms as indicative of a rare disease not the more common ones such as IBS, Crohn’s disease, and asthma;
- We envision a world where no carcinoid/NET patient feels alone;
- We dream of a world where a cure for carcinoid/NETs will be discovered.