The NET Alliance™ and Novartis Oncology continue their commitment to improving knowledge and management of neuroendocrine tumors, and empowering patients to be more informed advocates.

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Work with your doctors 

Prepare for your doctor visits by

  • Bringing test results or other paperwork from previous visits with you
  • Asking questions and taking notes. Write down your questions before you visit your doctor so you don’t forget them
  • Taking a caregiver with you. They can give you emotional support and help make sure you don’t miss anything
  • Understanding the role of each specialist on your healthcare team

How can you make the most of your doctor visits?

Having a good relationship with your doctors and healthcare professionals (HCPs) is very important. Being prepared for your doctor visits can help you make the most of your time.

Doctors and other HCPs involved in your care

Your doctor or oncologist may suggest that you see a team of medical experts to care for your lung neuroendocrine tumor, known as a lung NET. This is called a multidisciplinary team. This team can ensure that you receive the best possible care because

  • NET are found in different areas of the body. You may want to see a doctor who is an expert in that area
  • NET cause different symptoms and can lead to other medical issues

Seeing a multidisciplinary team can help ensure you receive the best possible care. Since neuroendocrine tumors are a rare disease, you may also want to see a NET expert: a doctor who has had practice and experience with managing neuroendocrine tumors.

The HCPs below are specialists that may be part of your multidisciplinary team. There are other HCPs not noted that can also support NET patients. Click on an HCP below to see how they can help care for your lung neuroendocrine tumor.

Types of health care professionals

What they do

Diagnoses and manages different types of cancer, including tumors.

Types of health care professionals

What they do

Specializes in diseases of the digestive tract and their symptoms.

Types of health care professionals

What they do

Specializes in diseases of the respiratory system and their symptoms.

Types of health care professionals

What they do

Deals with diseases of the endocrine system.

Types of health care professionals

What they do

Performs surgery and removes tumors.

Types of health care professionals

What they do

Uses a powerful microscope to look at samples of tumors. This helps determine the type of tumor you have. A sample of a tumor is called a biopsy.

Types of health care professionals

What they do

Takes medical pictures of tumors. This process is called “imaging”.

Types of health care professionals

What they do

Uses imaging tests to diagnose and treat tumors, even those that have spread to other parts of the body.

Types of health care professionals

What they do

Suggests changes in diet and nutrition that may help improve a patient’s health.

Types of health care professionals

What they do

Care for and understand the special needs of patients.

Talking with your doctors

It’s important to tell your healthcare team everything about your disease, including

  • Symptoms
  • Allergies
  • Foods you eat
  • All medicines you take (prescription and over-the-counter)
  • Any changes in your daily habits

Be sure to include details about changes in symptoms or new symptoms, especially if they get worse.

It’s also important to share information about your daily life with your doctors, like your work or exercise habits. They will consider all of these details to help create a plan for you to manage your NET.

Ask questions

Take an active role in your care. Ask your doctors a lot of questions and write down the answers, so you can read them again later.

Your doctors want you to ask questions. If there’s something you don’t understand, ask your doctor to explain more or slow down when speaking.

Work with your doctors 

Prepare for your doctor visits by

  • Bringing test results or other paperwork from previous visits with you
  • Asking questions and taking notes. Write down your questions before you visit your doctor so you don’t forget them
  • Taking a caregiver with you. They can give you emotional support and help make sure you don’t miss anything
  • Understanding the role of each specialist on your healthcare team