What is a NET and How we can Help you?

Perhaps one of Steve Job’s legacies is that many people now know about Neuroendocrine tumours. Steve Jobs had a pancreatic version of a Neuroendocrine type tumour known as a “functioning” pancreatic neuroendocrine tumour.

Pancreatic NET typesThis type of tumour secretes biologically active hormones causing a characteristic clinical syndrome. “Non-functioning” pancreatic neuroendocrine tumours do not cause a characteristic clinical syndrome.

Basically NETs are malignancies that arise from cells of the endocrine (hormonal) and nervous systems. Some are benign, while some are malignant. They most commonly occur in the intestine, where they are often called carcinoid tumors, but they are also found in the lung and the rest of the body.

Although there are many kinds of NETs, they are treated as a group of tissue because the cells share common features. Neuroendocrine cells are present not only in endocrine glands throughout the body that produce hormones, but also diffused in all body tissues

I (Grace Gawler) have a long history of helping patients to manage NETs. I take a special interest in NETs and have considerable up to the minute research data to draw upon.

NETs require special treatment and Management

• Many patients are unaware that certain foods can aggravate NETs
• Digestion and absorption can be severely compromised with NETs
• For my patients – I prescribe Functional Pathology testing to monitor and advise on dietary adjustments and useful supplements.
• Our Institute can advise re access scanning for NETs as well as referring some patients to global centres of excellence
• Good management can be achieved for distance patients; by Skype video.