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Josh Mailman, NorCal CarciNET's President will be traveling to India and Singapore at the end of February to speak at the 2nd World Congress of Ga68 and PRRNT in India and the 22nd Annual Singapore Radiological Society Meeting in Singapore. Josh, who was recently elected to chair the Patient Advocacy Advisory Board for the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging will be speaking on the role of patient support groups for those with NETs and patient education for those looking seeking Ga68 and PRRNT. Josh co-manages a separate site PRRTInfo.org for those wishing to learn more about PRRNT.

Dr. Emily K. Bergsland NETs Oncologist at UCSF's Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center published an overveiw of Neuroendocrine Tumors "The Evolving Landscape of Neuroendocrine Tumors" in the  Seminars in oncology Journal 1 February 2013.  (volume 40 issue 1 Pages 4-22 DOI: 10.1053/j.seminoncol.2012.11.013)

Clinical Significance for NETs:
The ISI plasma 5-HIAA assay correlates well with the 24-hour urinary 5-HIAA assays. This test has been clinically validated for NET patients who previously relied on the 24-hour urinary 5-HIAA. The plasma 5-HIAA saves time, alleviates the need to collect urine in a collection container, and provides equivalent clinical information. The CPT code for this test is 82542.

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Patient knowledge and understanding of radiation from diagnostic imaging is lacking, according to a research letter published online Dec. 31, 2012, in JAMA Internal Medicine . More than half of patients surveyed heard nothing in the media about radiation from medical imaging, and many of those aware of radiation exposure substantially underestimated dose.

Read more at healthimaging.com

We at NorCal CarciNET are working with the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging to provide information for patients on the benifits and risks of nuclear diagnostic and treatment. To learn more about molecular imaging please see discovermi.org.

On June 8-12, 2012, NorCal CarciNET Support Group exhibited at the Society of Nuclear Medicine annual meeting in Miami. While there we handed out over 200 pamphlets and CDs of information to those in the Nuclear Medicine profession.