Running for Anna Rose and NET (neuroendocrine cancer) awareness: With only 10 national parks to go, Gil Schaenzle will end her nine month long journey August 4 at Denver's Rocky Mountain National Park wtih a half marathon. READ FULL PRESS RELEASE

Two Physicians in Neuroendocrine Cancer Field Named To Nation’s Top 40 Under 40 in Cancer


Nashville, TN – The Healing NET Foundation congratulates Daneng Li, MD, City of Hope, Los Angeles, CA and Heloisa Soares, MD, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM for being recently named to the nation’s top “40 Under 40 in Cancer.” The award, which was presented during a cocktail reception on June 2 in Chicago, was created by The Lynx Group™ and McGivney Global Advisors, as a means of celebrating the contributions that individuals under the age of 40 are making to improve the lives of those affected by cancer. READ MORE

CLICK HEREfor original Press Release on all 40 candidates by The Lynx Group/McGivney

A New Solution for NET Patients: Data Featured at ASCO 2018

This article is provided to Healing NET Foundation by Enterade in conjunction with a study presentation given recently at the annual American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting June 1-5, 2018

Earlier this month, thousands of healthcare professionals, scientists, and patients gathered together in Chicago to hear the latest scientific breakthroughs redefining cancer care at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2018 Annual Meeting.

Over the course of this five-day conference, hundreds of researchers provided much-anticipated clinical and treatment updates that can help cancer patients regain their sense of self. Of these breakthroughs, one study specifically focused on reducing the most common debilitating symptom for neuroendocrine tumor (NET) patients: diarrhea.

More than 100,000 people in the U.S. live with neuroendocrine cancers and many suffer from long-term, chronic diarrhea – sometimes seen up to 20 times a day. Not only do NET patients suffer from the physical aspects of diarrhea, but it also takes an enormous social and emotional toll on patients. Many people limit their social involvements and feel isolated. With patients living for many years with this disease, there is a large unmet need for solutions that can reduce the frequency of diarrhea, so patients can start to live their life again.

Researchers at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center conducted a pilot study to see if a glucose-free, amino acid oral rehydration solution, called enterade®, could reduce diarrhea frequency in NET patients. Patients drank an 8 oz bottle of enterade twice/day for one week. Data was available on 23 patients at the time of abstract submission. Results showed:

● 73% (17/23) of NET patients reported improvement in diarrhea ● 52% (12/23) reported more than 50% reduction in diarrhea frequency

These results are a big deal for NET patients, who are looking for solutions that can be incorporated into their everyday life. According to Aman Chauhan, MD, Hematology and Oncology Fellow at the University of Kentucky: “This study shows that enterade can be an effective alternative for patients with NET-related diarrhea, who need better treatment options. The proprietary combination of critical amino acids and electrolytes in enterade uniquely addresses the core contributors to NET-related diarrhea, dehydration, and compromised GI functioning.”

For NET patients, enterade can lead to a marked improvement in overall quality of life and a healthier gastrointestinal (GI) system – and it’s available without a prescription and no sugar to cause further GI dysfunction. The Markey Cancer Center will continue to share updated results at future scientific conferences over the next several months to help raise awareness of innovative solutions that can help people living with NETs regain their freedom.

Enterade is available at or and to learn more about how enteradeworks,check out this short video. Click here to view the actual [study] presented at ASCO 2018.

European Physician Exchange Summary

European Physician Exchange Summary

Cindy Lovelace, Executive Director of HNF, talks with Dr. Dan Granberg at the 2018 Summit. Post-Summit, Dr. Granberg completed the Healing NET Foundation European Physician Exchange in Denver, conferring with LungNET and other NET patients seeing Dr. Eric Liu and Dr. Allen Cohn.

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Advanced Accelerator Applications has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of its new drug application for LUTATHERA® (lutetium Lu 177 dotatate) for the treatment of somatostatin receptor positive gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (GEP-NETs), including foregut, midgut, and hindgut neuroendocrine tumors in adults. LUTATHERA® is the first available FDA-approved Peptide Receptor Radionuclide Therapy (PRRT), a form of targeted treatment comprising a targeting molecule that carries a radioactive component. Click here to be taken to a Healing NET NewsFlash with links to more information.

HNF announces 2nd European Physician Exchange

Renowned NET specialist Dr. Dan Granberg, will be available for patient consult with Dr. Eric Liu at Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers in Denver, CO Feb 26-28, 2018, underwritten by a donor advised fund from The Healing NET Foundation.

Appointments can be booked now through Lisa Quesada at Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers. 303-388-4876

Background on European Physician Exchange: Many of the treatments now being approved in the U. S. have been in use in Europe for many years. European experts who have been engaged in research and clinical treatment can shorten the learning curve for North American physicians through ongoing mentoring, speaking at meetings, and consultations with patients. The European Physician Exchange program is underwritten through a donor advised fund by the Healing NET Foundation (HNF) and is currently offered at the Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers in Denver, CO. HNF sponsored Dr. Kjell Oberg in 2016.

Dan Granberg, MD, PhD BIO

Associate Professor, Senior Consultant, Department of Endocrine Oncology

Dr. Granberg is a world-renowned physician and a consultant at the Department of Endocrine Oncology, Uppsala Centre of Excellence for endocrine tumors. He is a leading carcinoid and neuroendocrine cancer specialist and has extensive experience in endocrine oncology. His clinical interests are in endocrine tumors, diagnostic procedures, medical therapy, peptide receptor radionuclide therapy, and radioembolization. His research efforts focus on bronchial carcinoids, thymic carcinoids, and development of new diagnostic and therapeutic methods. He has also given many lectures to medical students, doctors, and patients in Sweden and in other countries. He is responsible for the PRRT program with Lutetium-Octreotate at the Department of Endocrine Oncology. He serves as an honorary reviewer for the Journal of Molecular and Genetic Medicine. In addition, he has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and reviews, and is the author of a number of book chapters on bronchial carcinoids and NETs. He is currently involved in several research projects in the field of NETs, and is the principal investigator in several clinical trials.

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Eric Liu Receives NCAN's Above and Beyond Award

Eric Liu was recently honored at the NCAN (Neuroendocrine Cancer Awareness Network) Celebration of Life Gala in New York as he received the "Above and Beyond" Award, recognizing his commitment to the care and well-being of NET patients world-wide. 

Read Eric Liu's bio HERE on our Board of Director's page. 

Who says a NET surgeon/specialist cannot have fun? Especially when there are zebra stripes involved! Click here for photos.

Thanks to Maryann and Bob Wahmann, President and Vice-President of NCAN, for this honor, and for all they do for the NET community. 

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Advanced Accelerator Applications Completes Resubmission of NDA for Lutetium Lu 177 Dotatate (Lutathera® ) to FDA

July 27, 2017, Saint-Genis-Pouilly, France - Advanced Accelerator Applications S.A. (NASDAQ:AAAP) (AAA or the Company), an international specialist in Molecular Nuclear Medicine (MNM), today announced that the resubmission of the New Drug Application (NDA) for investigational drug lutetium Lu 177 dotatate* (Lutathera® ) to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was completed. Click here to read more

Healing NET Summit 2017—Unmet Needs of the NET Patient Community

The second Healing NET International Summit brought 40 physicians and scientists, 12 nurses/nurse practitioners, 7 patient advocates, and various sponsors and exhibitors from the medical, pharmaceutical, and nonprofit community together in Beaver Creek, Colorado, on February 21-23. (Click for Dr. Liu's Summit video and photo gallery)

The topic was Unmet Needs, which is an all too common topic when you are discussing a rare disease many physicians don’t understand; much less the patients seeking or receiving a diagnosis. When all of the participants were asked in advance to identify what they perceived as “unmet needs”, the list was a long one. Below are the categories identified by the group.

General sessions with all participants focused on candid discussion about which unmet needs were the top priority and what solutions might make a difference. Breakout sessions with the physicians ranged from discussing treatment pathways in real patient cases to debating the timing and dosimetry of PRRT. The nurse track focused on practical applications in the clinic to help hear and understand the patient’s real-life experience with carcinoid syndrome, and the patient advocacy representatives focused on ways they might work together to provide the best possible support to patients and caregivers.

A walk-through exhibit allowed attendees to HEAR patient voices describe their carcinoid syndrome experience in their own words and one dinner program was devoted to the clinical trial results of telotristat ethyl (now Xermelo  for carcinoid syndrome approved by FDA just days after the Summit ended).  A UCLA team presented the real-life experience of their PRRT clinical trial program with perspectives from the patient (Skyped in) and from the physicians, nurses, and even the nuclear safety engineer.

We look forward to providing more details of the Summit, and progress on distribution of results to the medical community. We thank our Summit supporters: Advanced Accelerator Applications, Lexicon, Novartis, Ethicon, Halyard, Neuroendocrine Cancer Awareness Network, Angiodynamics, Biotheranostics, and supported in part by an educational grant from Ipsen.

Xermelo approved for Carcinoid Syndrome

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FDA APPROVES LEXICON DRUG XERMELO™ (TELOTRISTAT ETHYL) 250 MG AS FIRST AND ONLY ORAL TREATMENT FOR CARCINOID SYNDROME DIARRHEA IN CANCER PATIENTS WITH METASTATIC NEUROENDOCRINE TUMORS First-In-Class: Tryptophan Hydroxylase Inhibitor Orphan Drug XERMELO Now Available to Treat Rare and Debilitating Condition Characterized by Frequent, Severe Diarrhea Conference Call and Webcast at 5:00 pm Eastern Time The Woodlands, Texas, February 28, 2017 – Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: LXRX) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved XERMELO™ (telotristat ethyl) 250 mg as a first and only orally administered therapy for the treatment of carcinoid syndrome diarrhea in combination with somatostatin analog (SSA) therapy in adults inadequately controlled by SSA therapyi. Carcinoid syndrome is a rare and debilitating condition that affects people with metastatic neuroendocrine tumors (mNETs)ii. XERMELO targets the overproduction of serotonin inside mNET cellsiii, providing a new treatment option for patients suffering from carcinoid syndrome diarrhea. This new treatment is now available by prescription and will be in select specialty pharmacies beginning March 6, 2017. “Today’s approval of XERMELO represents a shift in the treatment paradigm of carcinoid syndrome diarrhea for cancer patients who are inadequately controlled by SSA therapy, and until now, have had limited options to manage this debilitating condition,” said Lonnel Coats, Lexicon’s president and chief executive officer. “We are proud to have discovered and developed this ground-breaking orphan drug, and it is an honor to make it available for the thousands of patients currently suffering from this condition who wish to lead a more routine life with fewer incidences of severe diarrhea.” Carcinoid syndrome is a rare condition that occurs in patients living with mNETsiv and is characterized by frequent and debilitating diarrhea that often prevents patients from leading active, predictable lives, as well as by facial flushing, abdominal pain, fatigue and, over time, heart valve damage. “The approval of XERMELO establishes a new treatment option for patients with carcinoid syndrome diarrhea that is inadequately controlled by SSA therapy,” said Matthew H. Kulke, M.D., TELESTAR primary investigator, director of the Program in Neuroendocrine and Carcinoid Tumors at Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School. “Inhibition of tumoral serotonin production represents a novel approach for patients with this condition. Studies have shown that XERMELO can reduce the debilitating effects of carcinoid syndrome diarrhea and has a favorable efficacy and safety profile in patients who currently have limited treatment options.” Page 2 About XERMELO™ Discovered using Lexicon’s unique approach to gene science, XERMELO is the first and only approved oral therapy for carcinoid syndrome diarrhea. XERMELO targets tryptophan hydroxylase, an enzyme that mediates the excess serotonin production within mNET cells. Lexicon has built the in-house capability and infrastructure to launch and market XERMELO in the U.S., where it retains all commercialization rights. Lexicon also retains rights to market telotristat ethyl in Japan. Lexicon has established a license and collaboration agreement with Ipsen to commercialize telotristat ethyl in Europe and other countries outside of U.S. and Japan. For more information about XERMELO, please visit XERMELO™ Important Safety Information  Warnings and Precautions: XERMELO may cause constipation which can be serious. Monitor for signs and symptoms of constipation and/or severe, persistent, or worsening abdominal pain in patients taking XERMELO. Discontinue XERMELO if severe constipation or severe persistent or worsening abdominal pain develops.  Adverse Reactions: The most common adverse reactions (≥5%) include nausea, headache, increased GGT, depression, peripheral edema, flatulence, decreased appetite, and pyrexia.  Drug Interactions: If necessary, consider increasing the dose of concomitant CYP3A4 substrates, as XERMELO may decrease their systemic exposure. For more information about XERMELO, see Full Prescribing Information at

About Lexicon Lexicon is a fully integrated biopharmaceutical company that is applying a unique approach to gene science based on Nobel Prize-winning technology to discover and develop precise medicines for patients with serious, chronic conditions. Through its Genome5000™ program, Lexicon scientists have studied the role and function of nearly 5,000 genes over the last 20 years and have identified more than 100 protein targets with significant therapeutic potential in a range of diseases. Through the precise targeting of these proteins, Lexicon is pioneering the discovery and development of innovative medicines to safely and effectively treat disease. In addition to XERMELO, Lexicon has a pipeline of promising drug candidates in clinical and preclinical development in diabetes and metabolism and neuropathic pain. For additional information please visit In an effort to ensure all appropriate patients have fast access to affordable treatment, Lexicon offers LexCares—a comprehensive program designed to guide patients through each step of their treatment journey. Through LexCares, patients will have access to financial assistance programs that may reduce or eliminate out-of-pocket costs associated with their XERMELO prescription. For additional information about the LexCares program, visit Page 3 Safe Harbor Statement This press release contains “forward‑looking statements,” including statements relating to the safety and efficacy and the therapeutic and commercial potential of XERMELO (telotristat ethyl) 250 mg. In addition, this press release also contains forward looking statements relating to Lexicon’s growth and future operating results, discovery and development of products, strategic alliances and intellectual property, as well as other matters that are not historical facts or information. All forward‑looking statements are based on management’s current assumptions and expectations and involve risks, uncertainties and other important factors, specifically including the degree of market acceptance of XERMELO, the availability of coverage and reimbursement for XERMELO, Lexicon’s dependence on third parties for manufacturing and distribution of XERMELO, Lexicon’s compliance with applicable legal and regulatory requirements and other factors relating to the commercialization of XERMELO. Other risks include Lexicon’s ability to meet its capital requirements, successfully conduct preclinical and clinical development and obtain necessary regulatory approvals of its other potential drug candidates, achieve its operational objectives, obtain patent protection for its discoveries and establish strategic alliances, as well as additional factors relating to manufacturing, intellectual property rights, and the therapeutic or commercial value of its drug candidates. Any of these risks, uncertainties and other factors may cause Lexicon’s actual results to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied by such forward‑looking statements. Information identifying such important factors is contained under “Risk Factors” in Lexicon’s annual report on Form 10‑K for the year ended December 31, 2015, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Lexicon undertakes no obligation to update or revise any such forward‑looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


For Additional Information Contact: Investors Chas Schultz Senior Director, Finance and Communications (281) 863-3421 Media Lori Rodney Vice President GCI Health (212) 798-9915 i Data on file – XERMELO label. Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 2017. ii National Organization for Rare Disorders. Carcinoid Syndrome. Retrieved from: Accessed November 22, 2016. iii Data on file. Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 2017. iv Rorstad O. Prognostic indicators for carcinoid neuroendocrine tumors of the gastrointestinal tract. J Surg Oncol. 2005; 89(3):151-60.

MEDIA ADVISORY Top Neuroendocrine Cancer Experts to Converge at Second Annual International Healing NET Foundation Summit February 2017

BEAVER CREEK, CO - (Wednesday, February 15, 2017) – Top neuroendocrine cancer doctors, nurses, and specialists from around the world will attend the second annual International Healing NET Foundation Summit from February 21-23 in Beaver Creek, CO, it was announced today by Cindy Lovelace, executive director of the Healing NET Foundation (HNF). This marks the Summit’s second year in Beaver Creek, hosting more than 60 faculty members and addressing unmet needs of the neuroendocrine tumor (NET) community.

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HNF Executive Director Cindy Lovelace was excited to see the large attendance of physicians and other health care professionals during several NET cancer and carcinoid syndrome presentations at the Gastrointestinal Cancer Symposium in San Francisco presented by American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancers Symposium is a specialized oncology event designed to provide scientific and educational content for members of the GI cancer care and research community. The symposium offered sessions on Imaging and Therapy of Neuroendocrine Tumors (NETSPOT, LU 177, and Telotristat), Practical Applications of Emerging Treatment Options, and the Treatment Algorithm for Carcinoid Syndrome, among others. HNF SAC member Dr. George Fisher, and HNF SAC and Board member Dr. Thomas O'Dorisio, were part of the sessions.

Check out these videos and pictures below that re-cap presentations specifically on NET Cancer at the ASCO GI 2017. Gallium 68 Scan Become Standard for Staging Neuroendocrine Tumors, Gallium 68 versus Low Volume PRRT, Should Gallium 68 be Used Instead of Ultra Scan, and Gallium 68 Provides Much More Data to Refine Treatment Options 1]:

First picture: Dr. Jonathan Strosberg, Moffitt Cancer Center, presents information on new Lu 177 Dotatate therapy pending approval by FDA, at ASCO GI 2017.  Dr. Strosberg's NETTER III trial results on the therapy were recently published in New England Journal of Medicine. Second picture: Dr. Emily Bergsland, UCSF, is part of the panel discussion "Neuroendocrine Tumors--Practical Applications of Emerging Treatment Options" moderated by Dr. George Fisher, Stanford. This slide features the Telestar trial for a new carcinoid syndrome drug, Telotristat, currently pending FDA approval. Third picture:  L-R NET survivor and Executive Director of Los Angeles Carcinoid Neuroendocrine Tumor Society Giovannna Imbesi and HNF Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Eric Liu listen to insights provided by NET survivor Richard "Spike" Redding, Board member of NorCal CarciNETS group.

New Drug in Development Shows Improved Progression-Free Survival for Patients with Advanced Metastatic Midgut Neuroendocrine Tumors

A new therapy in development for the treatment of midgut neuroendocrine tumors, a rare type of cancer that occurs in the small intestine and colon, shows improved progression-free survival and response rates for patients with advanced disease. Results of the international phase 3 clinical trial of lutetium-177 (177Lu)-Dotatate compared to high-dose octreotide LAR were published in the Jan. 12 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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NETTER -1 Phase III Trial results on Lutathera is published in New England Journal of Medicine

Saint-Genis-Pouilly, France – January 12, 2017 – Advanced Accelerator Applications S.A. (NASDAQ:AAAP) (“AAA” or “the Company”), an international specialist in Molecular Nuclear Medicine (MNM), today announced that the New England Journal of Medicine published the results of the NETTER-1 Phase III study evaluating efficacy and safety of Lutathera® (lutetium-177 dotatate), an investigational drug, in patients with advanced, progressive somatostatin receptor-positive midgut neuroendocrine tumors (“NETs”).

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Hero of Hope Finalist

CONQUER: The Patient Voice™ magazine in partnership with the Academy of Oncology of Nurse & Patient Navigators® (AONN) is proud to announce our very own Healing NET Foundation Executive Director and survivor, Cindy Lovelace as a 2016 finalist for Hero of Hope ™ Patient Award.

Cindy has shown extraordinary commitments to the NET community fundraising and hierarchical authority. Cindy Lovelace serves as a good example to other individuals with NET or any form of malignancy. Hero of Hope is sending the 6 leading nominees to the Seventh Annual AONN+ Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The winner of the Hero of Hope Award will be declared at the conference and get a plaque perceiving their commitments to the cancer community and also a gift of $1,000 made to their preferred philanthropy in their name.

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After being diagnosed with a rare cancer, Cindy started the Healing NET Foundation. This not-for-profit organization is dedicated to giving more resources to physicians who are treating neuroendocrine tumors.

Journal of Clinical Oncology article on clinical study of telotristat ethyl in patients with carcinoid syndrome

Detailed results from Lexicon’s pivotal Phase 3 TELESTAR clinical study of telotristat ethyl in patients with carcinoid syndrome have been published. The article titled “Telotristat Ethyl, a Tryptophan Hydroxylase Inhibitor for the Treatment of Carcinoid Syndrome” is available online at the Journal of Clinical Oncology website at

TELESTAR was a global double-blind Phase 3 study which enrolled 135 patients from 12 countries with carcinoid syndrome whose symptoms were not adequately controlled on somatostatin analog therapy (SSA), the current standard of care. Data show that patients who added telotristat ethyl to SSA therapy at both the 250 mg and 500 mg doses experienced a statistically significant reduction from baseline compared to placebo in the average number of daily bowel movements over the 12-week study period (p<0.001), data-preserve-html-node="true" meeting the study’s primary endpoint. There was also a statistically significant reduction in the levels of urinary 5-hydroxyindole acetic acid (5-HIAA), the main metabolite of serotonin, from baseline to week 12 with a reduction of 40 mg/24 hours (250 mg arm) and 58 mg/24 hours (500 mg arm) versus an increase of 11 mg/24 hours in the placebo arm (p<0.001). data-preserve-html-node="true" Treatment with telotristat ethyl was generally well tolerated during the double-blind treatment period.

Eighty-five percent of the patients originally enrolled in TELESTAR opted to continue study participation, receiving treatment with 500 mg telotristat ethyl in a 36-week open-label extension (OLE) study. Results from the OLE showed sustained bowel movement responses to treatment and no additional safety signals. Additional results detailed in the publication showed evidence that telotristat ethyl may also improve stool consistency, reduce the urgency to defecate and reduce the use of rescue short-acting octreotide. The Lexicon clinical development team, headed by Chief Medical Officer Pablo Lapuerta, is “very encouraged about the potential benefits telotristat ethyl may bring in terms of bowel movement frequency and other measures of carcinoid syndrome severity.” Telotristat ethyl has received Fast Track and Orphan Drug designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and has been granted priority review by the FDA with a Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) target action date of February 28, 2017. If approved by the FDA, telotristat will be the first new treatment for carcinoid syndrome in more than ten years.

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Advanced Accelerator Applications U.S. facility where Lutathera (PRRT) will be manufactured for clinical use in North America. FDA approval is anticipated by the end of the year. The facility is impressive from state of the art equipment to it's over the top standards and security, and the people are just as awesome. If you are confused about the current status of nuclear medicine scans and treatments for NET cancer in the U. S., please click through to the HNF Zebra Blog by Dr. Eric Liu about Netspot (Ga 68 diagnostic scan kit), which was just approved by FDA, and click on the link in the blog to better understand Lutathera. From Cindy Lovelace, HNF Exec Dir and PNET.

Green Light for Ga68!

Healing NET Foundation Summit delivers on NET-Cancer discussions


For further information contact:
Cindy Lovelace 615.369.6463
Freddie Evans 732.992.1895

NET-Cancer Summit Delivers on Diagnosis and Treatment Debates

Nashville ---The inaugural international Healing NET Foundation Summit delivered on its promise to bring key discussions on diagnosis and care for the complicated NET-Cancer to the forefront of debate by many of the world’s leading physician and research experts. Topics covered the use of Somatostatin analogues and other targeted drugs and chemotherapies along with the combinations of treatment at the micro/molecular level and the macro/surgical levels to help patients live longer and more productive lives. One of the drugs, Afinitor, received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for GI and Lung NETs tumors this week. The Summit’s faculty also looked at the use of biomarkers in clinical practice, staging of disease and the use of nuclear medicine. New surgical techniques and tools, and the care of children as well as adults were presented the NET-Cancer experts.

The Summit, organized in partnership with the Association for Value-Based Cancer Care (AVBCC), a successful division of The Lynx Group, brought leading researchers together with the physicians from across the United States and Europe who have had years of experience in treating patients with NET-Cancer. This disease is often misdiagnosed and treated, due in part to its previous reference as carcinoid tumors, and seen as a benign disease.

Summit organizers acknowledged that the meeting is a first step in examining and debating protocols for how patients with NET-Cancer are viewed by clinicians in locations across the United States. The overall goal is to diagnose the disease earlier and help define the best course of treatment once people are diagnosed. Patients and physicians, anxious for information of the Summit’s discussions, will be able to watch the panel discussions on video in the coming weeks and a summary document will be made available as quickly as possible for the medical community.

“The problem is that people who have NET-Cancers experience sets of symptoms that can easily be written off as common illnesses,” said Dr. Eric Liu, Chief Medical Advisor for The Healing NET Foundation.

 “A typical patient experience is about five-seven years of doctor-hopping before a clinician might begin to put the puzzle pieces together and look for NET-Cancer tumors as the root cause of all the symptoms,” Liu explained.

Liu noted that there are medications and new diagnostic tests and treatments that can make a big difference in patient quality of life and long-term survival, but the clinician first has to suspect NET-Cancer.

The Healing NET Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization established to address the lack of information available to physicians and in particular, the first person a patient exhibiting these symptoms might see – their community doctor. The Foundation supports NET-Cancer education in the medical community and advocates for the best possible care for NET-Cancer patients.

“Physicians have a saying that can complicate the rare disease diagnosis,” said Cindy Lovelace, Executive Director of The Healing NET Foundation.

“In medical school, they are taught to think horses, when they hear hoofbeats, not zebras. In other words, consider the more common suspects and not a rare condition when a patient presents with symptoms. However, the NET-Cancer patient IS the zebra.”

Lovelace, a NET-Cancer survivor herself, was once referred to by an ER physician as a ‘zebra’ years before her diagnosis. “My cancer was discovered incidentally because of a scan for an unrelated condition and then took another eight months to figure out what it was,” she said. “Ironically, I was already being followed by an oncologist due to a breast cancer diagnosis five years previously, but there was no information and no protocol for this new cancer,” she said. It would take another six months for Lovelace to find an expert in NET-Cancer, but Lovelace considers herself one of the lucky ones. “Most people go years without answers to the puzzle,” she said. Liu agreed, “Just like no two zebra stripes are alike, no two NET-Cancer patients have exactly the same manifestation of the disease. Sometimes a patient has symptoms and sometimes, like Lovelace, the tumors are found incidentally with no symptoms.”

NET-Cancer which affects both sexes, all ages and all ethnicities can be managed if caught early with patients being then able to live productive lives. Liu noted that 90 percent of cancer patients in the United States are treated by community-based physicians operating outside the academic and research communities. This means that even when a patient is ultimately and properly diagnosed with NET-Cancer they will likely be followed by a doctor who has little experience with the disease.

“The Healing NET Foundation wants to help doctors pull all those pieces of the puzzle together by connecting them with expert physicians and facts – and ultimately help patients receive the best possible care for this rare disease,” said Lovelace.

The discussions at The Healing NET Foundation Summit are a step toward bringing the academic and research community experts together to begin sharing knowledge and experience that can help community-based physicians and specialists. Attendees were selected based on their experience in the diagnosis and treatment of NET-Cancer patients and represent 30 leading international centers of research and clinical care. They come from subspecialties of oncology, radiology, endocrinology, cardiology, gastroenterology, basic science and surgery.

Statistics that would reflect the incidence and prevalence of NET-Cancer in the United States are difficult to estimate. Examination of large government databases suggest that there are greater than 100,000 patients with this disease with the number of new cases increasing each year. However, tracking these patients is challenging because the terminology for this class of disease was only recently established.

The Lynx Group, an alliance of medical education and communication companies which includes the AVBCC, will be supporting the Summit with a team of writers who are tasked with capturing the discussions and areas of consensus to formulate information that will be made available to physicians nationwide to aid in the treatment of NET-Cancer patients.

“Our goal is to help assemble discussions from the expert panels of physicians and researchers and begin creating materials that will reflect the latest and most accurate information about NET-Cancer,” said Brian Tyburski, President and CEO of The Lynx Group.

“We are very excited to be able to be part of this inaugural Summit that has the potential to create a profound impact on the lives of many cancer patients and their families,” he said.

Abigail Adair, President of The Lynx Group said, “We are committed to getting the Summit information published and available to physicians and patients as rapidly as possible and are sensitive to the fact that these discussions can have an immediate impact in saving lives.”

New information gleaned from the Summit will serve as a companion and update to The Healing NET Foundation’s Primer for Healthcare Professionals, published in October, 2015, now available at
Participants at The Healing NET Foundation Summit are prepared to share good news about the effective use of some existing cancer drugs in treating NETs and eminent FDA approval of a new tool that will enable physicians to make earlier and more definitive diagnoses.

Neuroendocrine cells produce hormones that control breathing and digestion. Sometimes these cells go haywire and become tumors that grow anywhere in the body, but are most commonly found in the intestines, pancreas and liver. They can also develop in the lung and are even associated with a heart valve defect. The fact that the tumors can be anywhere means that patients may have confusing symptoms sending them to a series of specialists who, not seeing a bigger picture, will treat symptoms but miss the root cause.
Among the frequently misdiagnosed symptoms are cramping, intestinal upsets, diarrhea, flushing faces, breathing difficulty, deep vein thrombosis or even hypoglycemia.

The Healing NET Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 formed to raise awareness, support and to help fund the best possible care for patients with neuroendocrine tumors (NETs). By developing access to state-of-the-art information and training for physicians in the United States to catch up with successful practitioners in other parts of the world, The Healing NET Foundation seeks to then enable multi-disciplinary practitioners to provide the comprehensive care essential for NET-Cancer patients. By educating the public, The Healing Net Foundation seeks to connect patients with physicians prepared to provide comprehensive care. For more about The Healing NET Foundation go to:

The mission of AVBCC is to provide a forum for payers, providers and the entire oncology team to consider and evaluate the cost-value issues particular to cancer treatments and its impact on patient care and outcomes. This unique focus is achieved through discussions and collaborations with those involved in evaluating therapies, treating patients and paying for care.
AVBCC is the fastest growing national specialty organization dedicated to improving the care of cancer patients and their quality of life by discussing, considering and evaluating the value equation of how it relates to new and existing cancer therapies. This organization, which currently consists of more than 500 members was established to provide a network for payers and oncology healthcare professionals to interact and network in order to promote optimal care for patients and their families. For more:

The Lynx Group, one of the fast growing medical education and communications companies, is a global strategic alliance of medical communications and education companies. Through its unique business model, The Lynx Group strives to provide pivotal and contemporary information and education for all stakeholders in healthcare. The Lynx Group is the official association management and marketing company of the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators, Association for Value-Based Cancer Care, Association for Oncology Practice Management and the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy. For more information visit:

Allen Cohn (Oncology, Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers, Denver, CO), Eric Liu (Neuroendocrinology/Surgery, Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers, Denver CO), Charles Nutting (Interventional Radiology, RIA, Denver, CO)

Scientific Advisory Committee:
George Fisher (Oncology, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA), David Metz (Gastroenterology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA), Irvin Modlin (WREN Laboratories, New Haven, CT), Kjell Oberg (Neuroendocrinology, Uppsala University, Sweden), Tom O’Dorisio (Endocrine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA)

Lowell Anthony (Oncology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY), Joy Ardill (Basic Science, Belfast, Ireland), Emily Bergsland (Oncology, UCSF, San Francisco, CA), Lisa Bodei (Nuclear Medicine, Deputy Director, Nuclear Medicine Division, European Institute of Oncology. Località Milano, Italia), Phillip Boudreaux (Surgery, Oschner Clinic, New Orleans, LA), Jennifer Chan (Oncology, DFCI, Boston, MA), Wouter de Herder (Endocrinology, Erasmus, Rotterdam, Netherlands), Hal Gerstein (Oncology, Private Practice, Long Island, NY), Dan Granberg (Neuroendocrinology, Uppsala, Sweden), Anthony Heaney (Endocrinology, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA), Mark Kidd (WREN Laboratories, New Haven, CT), Sue O’Dorisio (Pediatric Oncology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA), Richard K. Parker (Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery Associates), Scott Paulson (Oncology, Texas Oncology, Dallas, TX), Rodney Pommier (Surgery, Oregon Health Sciences, Portland, OR), Robert Ramirez (Oncology, Oschner Clinic, New Orleans, LA), Guido Rindi (Pathology, Catholic University, Rome, Italy), Michael Soulen (Interventional Radiology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA), Jonathan Strosberg (Oncology, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL), Laura Tang (Pathology, Memorial Sloan Kettering, New York, NY), Arthur Vinik (Endocrinology, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA), Jerry Zacks (Cardiology, Mt. Sinai, New York, NY)

HEALING NET SUMMIT UNDERWRITERS: Norvartis, Lexicon, Advanced Accelerator Applications, BioTheranostics, Chiasma, Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers/ U.S. Oncology Research, Angio Dynamics, Neuroendocrine Cancer Awareness Network, Sarah Cannon Cancer Network/HealthONE, Foundation Medicine.

Supported in part by educational grants from: Ipsen, Sirtex