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M. Sue O'Dorisio

University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center is the first U.S. cancer center to be designated a Neuroendocrine Tumor Center of Excellence by the European Neuroendocrine Tumor Society (ENETS). In making the award to the Iowa team in early March, ENETS listed its criteria for the distinction, including The Holden team’s advanced interdisciplinary approach for diagnosing neuroendocrine tumor (NET) patients The quality and breadth of the team’s medical treatments for NETS

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.

Why did Steve Jobs die?

by John McDougall, MD Steve Jobs gave tacit permission and encouragement for me to write this newsletter article about the medical and nutritional aspects of his life when he commissioned his biographer to tell a true account. “I wanted my kids to know about me…” “Also, when I got sick, I realized other people would write about me if I died, and they wouldn’t know anything. They’d get it all


Led by nationally renowned NET cancer physician specialists, this program will help patients be their own advocates and flow current data and information to the medical community. The topics covered during the conference are critical to the diagnosis, treatment and overall welfare of NET patients. Plenty of Q & A time is provided. The $25 registration fee includes a full day of world class presentations, continental breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks. Click here

NET Cancer Awareness Ideas

This is a list of great ideas to help raise awareness in our communities that Lavonne Levar, one of our pancreatic neuroendocrine patients, has compiled. If you would like to add to the list, drop me a note at I will be glad to add on! Let’s keep the flow going! Bring a NET fact sheet to physicians, with something fun like Zebra balloons, or goodies of some kind wrapped