Our mission is to help those with neuroendocrine tumors and carcinoid to share challenges and experiences, learn about prognosis and treatments, find information, and improve communications between the medical community, patients and caregivers. By providing opportunities for our members to connect with others who have these rare illnesses we will enable them not only to get their questions answered but also to give and receive emotional support. In addition, we aspire to bring greater awareness to the medical community and the public so as to promote earlier detection and treatment of these often unrecognized illnesses.
NorCal CarciNET Community is now a 501(c)(3) (Tax-Id 45-2968919)
Contribution made to our group are now tax deductible.
The Society for Integrative Oncology has published a first-of-its kind breast cancer clinical practice guidelines in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute Monographs coinciding with the 11th International Conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology in Houston, Texas at the end of October. NorCal CarciNet Community President, Josh Mailman contributed a perspective on Integrative Oncology to the Monograph entitled "A Patients' Perspective on Integrative Oncology: Getting Past the "War," Living With and Beyond Cancer.
For the second year in a row, NorCal CarciNET Community and the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) held a patient education day during the SNMMI's Annual Meeting. The program took place on June 8th and began with three (3) general lectures about the definition of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging, safety of nuclear medicine, the value of patient and physician partnerships in care management. The afternoon concluded with breakout sessions focused on hot topics in colon cancer, prostate cancer, thyroid diseases, and neuroendocrine tumors. The total number of attendees was 120 with over 50 attending the NET breakout. To see the complete program and recordings of the breakout sessions, visit www.snmmi.org. The NET sessions are available below.
If you have health insurance, you have entered into a legal contract with your insurer. You make your payments and they should do everything written in the "contract". While it works well most of the time there are times you will receive a denial for a service or treatment. Don't give up – now you have to prove to your insurance company where in their contract it calls for the service or treatment you are requesting. First things first - you need your contract. Not everyone who has "XYZ" insurance has the same contract.
Many members of the NorCal CarciNET Support Group donate their time and energy to produce informational material for patient and caregivers living with Neuroendocrine Tumors.
NorCal CarciNet Community is now approaching the end of its seventh year as an independent Carcinoid Neuroendocrine Community.
It has been another exciting year for us. In January 2014, NorCal CarciNet held its third annual NETs conference at UC Berkeley, which was attended by more than 150 community members.