Neuroendocrine tumours (NETs) are an uncommon type of tumour that nevertheless affect hundreds of patients in NSW every year. Some of these can be biologically slow-growing but others can grow aggressively. The main function of these cells in the body is to create, store and secrete a variety of proteins and hormones for normal bodily functions. Some NETs can also make hormones that cause symptoms such as diarrhoea and flushing.
As the specialist neuroendocrine nurse consultant, I assist in coordinating NET patients from around NSW to access consultations, treatment and care within the specialised NET Centre of Excellence at RNSH. I have been a registered nurse for 25 years with extensive experience in surgery and oncology, and as a nurse consultant since 2014. I work closely with patients, carers and the multidisciplinary team throughout the cancer care journey, providing advice and support. I have a Masters in Cancer and Haematology at Sydney University and am a member of several national cancer nursing organisations.
When diagnosed with cancer, it's common to feel overwhelmed and forget questions to ask the doctor. The Cancer Council offers a list of suggested questions for you or your carer to ask at appointments.
These can help you be more involved in your care.