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 carcinoid or gastrointestinal neuroendocrine tumor, known as a GI 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 carcinoid or gastrointestinal neuroendocrine tumor.
Talking with your doctors
It's important to tell your healthcare team everything about your disease, including
- 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 become 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.
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.