Introduction

Welcome to NET Nutrition - a new nutrition tool, made specifically for those living with Neuroendocrine Tumors (NETs) or Carcinoid Syndrome. Nutrition plays a vital role in our overall health. It is important that we consume the right type of foods for our bodies to perform at their best! However, determining which nutrients are right for you while living with NETs can sometimes be challenging. Thanks to a dedicated group of NET Nutritionists, a series of nutrition topics have been compiled just for you. The NET Nutrition series, being released over the coming months, will provide suggested new recipe ideas as well as some tips to help you manage typical diet-related symptoms which can help with possible options when discussing your diet and symptoms with your healthcare team.

Meet our NET Nutrition contributors:

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DEIRDRE BURKE, RD

Deirdre qualified as a dietitian in 2010 from the University of Hertfordshire in the UK. She worked as a dietitian in Oncology, Gastroenterology and Renal in the UK prior to taking up her current post as a Senior Dietitian at St. Vincent's University Hospital in Dublin Ireland. She works in pancreatic cancer, advising people on how to choose good foods for their individual health needs. She also works with patients with NETs advising patients who may not be able to fully digest and/or absorb essential nutrients from their food, helping those stay nourished during their treatment, preventing or reversing poor nutrition, and managing symptoms related to diet.

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LEIGH ANNE KAMERMAN BURNS, MS, LDN, RD

Leigh Anne is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in the United States. She has been practicing for 27 years, specializing in Oncology and HIV. In addition to her work as Clinical Nutritionist she has dedicated significant time and effort to cancer prevention and early detection programs. As an Instructor of Clinical Medicine for 25 years with LSU Medical School New Orleans, she has had the opportunity to educate patients, medical students, dietetic Interns and other healthcare providers on the importance of nutrition including nutrition for patients living with NETs. She has practiced in New Orleans, Louisiana, in Outpatient Oncology Clinic specializing in Neuroendocrine Tumors since 2002, working with physicians and surgeons who all contribute to changing the lives of patients living with NETs.

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TARA WHYAND MSC, BSC, DIETITIAN

Tara graduated in human biology and then dietetics in England and then took her Australian examinations in 2010. From this time Tara chose to specialize in cancer and worked for the Cancer Council NSW and then the Royal Free Hospital in London. Tara has specialized in NETs for just over 5 years and currently runs NET research projects and develops resources at the Royal Free Hospital. Her current focus is on small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, complementary therapies, nutritional side effects of somatostatin analogues, micronutrient deficiencies, and improving nutrition after surgery. Tara has a private clinic in London and Essex.