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NET Cancer Day in Minnesota 2018

Northwoods NETS is pleased to announce that Senator Mark Dayton has proclaimed Friday, November 10th, NET Cancer Awareness Day in the state of Minnesota. We thank Governor Dayton for his continued recognition of this unusual cancer. It is estimated that approximately 300 Minnesotans are diagnosed with each year with this poorly understood disease. NETS, also known as neuroendocrine tumors, are considered rare tumors that have either benign or malignant behaviors.

NCCN Guidelines for NET Patients

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) has recently released a new guideline book for patients  diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumors. With very readable language it discusses what neuroendocrine tumors are, how they are diagnosed, the various types of treatments that are available based on the location your neuroendocrine tumor was found, and treatment decisions. Also included in this guide is a dictionary to easily look up terms related to neuroendocrine tumors,

PRRT is finally approved in the U.S.

After years of randomized trials and nearly two decades of European data detailing peptide receptor radionuclide therapy, Advanced Accelerator Applications (AAA), a Novartis company, is pleased to announced that the FDA has approved the use of this therapy for patients with neuroendocrine tumors. The approval comes at a time when incidence of neuroendocrine cancers of the pancreas, lungs, and intestines are on the rise. About 7 in 100,000 people are

FDA: Lutathera Action Date Set for Late January 2018

Advanced Accelerator Applications S.A. (AAA) has announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in the United States, has accepted and considered complete the resubmission of the New Drug Application (NDA) for its investigational drug lutetium Lu 177 dotatate (Lutathera).  Lutathera is the brand name for the radiologic used in Peptide Receptor Radionuclide Therapy (PRRT). The FDA has set an action date of Jan 26, 2018. AAA is attempting to obtain U.S.

Treatment combinations for pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors

A new paper has recently been released in Digestion: International Journal of Gastroenterology that reviewed previously reported European trials. These trials specifically aimed at the treatment of advanced pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors outlined several combinations of chemotherapy drugs used to help with progression free survival (PFS). Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (PNETS) are still relatively rare in the umbrella of all gastroenteropancreatic tumors (GEP-NETS or just NETS) and certainly amongst pancreatic lesions in general.