Thursday, February 10, 2011
New Medical Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of NETs
The North American NeuroEndocrine Tumor Society (NANETS) has issued a comprehensive set of guidelines to assist medical professionals with the diagnosis and treatment of neuroendocrine tumors. The guidelines are organized into eight manuscripts, each one addressing key aspects of NET diagnosis and treatment by organ site. I focused on the manuscript pertaining to NETs of the appendix, and I was genuinely impressed by its clear synthesis of competing and complementary evidence-based research on this rare disease. The guidelines are not only an important resource for medical professionals, but also a way for carcinoid patients to feel more empowered about their own treatment options.