Two of the country’s leading carcinoid and neuroendocrine cancer specialists, a cardiologist with expertise in carcinoid heart disease, a registered dietitian who works regularly with the NET community, and a nurse practitioner with extensive experience in neuroendocrine cancer will be the featured speakers for the New Jersey Carcinoid Cancer NETwork Conference, to be held on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza in Edison, New Jersey. Carcinoid/NETs: Living Longer, Living Better will give participants the opportunity to learn more about significant developments regarding these rare diseases in the past two years; how carcinoid can affect one’s heart; updates in the diagnosis and management of neuroendocrine cancer; how patients can best navigate their disease; and the role of diet in the life of patients living with neuroendocrine tumors.
The day-long conference begins at 7:15 am with a deluxe continental breakfast, includes a sit-down lunch, 5 presentations, and concludes with a moderated question and answer period ending at 4:40 pm.
The guest speakers will be:
- Dr. Jerome Zacks, “I Have a NET . . . Why Focus upon the Heart? And What’s a Cardiologist Doing on My Team, Anyway!”
Dr. Zacks is a cardiologist with extensive experience in the nuances of Carcinoid/NETs patients. He founded and leads the Carcinoid Heart Center in New York City. He is an assistant Clinical Professor, Medicine, Cardiology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine (NYC). Cardiology is often one of the “white elephant,” forgotten topics of NETs.
- Dr. Thomas O’Dorisio, “Update in the Diagnosis and Management of Neuroendocrine Cancer”
Dr. O’Dorisio is an endocrinologist at the University of Iowa who has been working with carcinoid/NETs for many years. He has authored countless papers on neuroendocrine cancer and lectured extensively on the subject. Some of his topic points are: Problems with NET Therapeutic Interventions, Pancreastatin & Neurokinin A as predictors, and Lanreotide.
- Nancy Roehnelt, “Navigating Your Disease with You at the Helm of the Ship”
Nancy Roehnelt, PhD, has been working with NETs patients for years and is very familiar with special problems they face in navigating the healthcare system. She has worked with carcinoid/NET specialist Dr. Larry Kvols (retired) and served as a professor at Rugers School of Medicine before returning to Florida to continue working at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.
- Leigh Anne Geisler Burns, “The Role of Diet in the Life of Patients Living with Neuroendocrine Tumors”
Ms. Burns has practiced medical nutritional therapy for more than 20 years. She is a clinical nutritionist and a faculty member at the LSU Health School of Medicine in New Orleans. She is also the clinical lead for wellness and cancer screening at LSUHSCD and a member of the NETs multidisciplinary team at Ochsner Kenner.
- Dr. Richard R.P. Warner, “Significant Developments in NETs in the Last Two Years”
Dr. Warner is known as “the guru” of carcinoid/NETs, having devoted his life’s work to researching and treating these rare diseases. He is a professor at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, Director of Mt. Sinai’s Center for Carcinoid and Neuroendocrine Tumors, and Medical Director of the Carcinoid Cancer Foundation. Recognized nationally and internationally, Dr. Warner has developed and pioneered many treatments, while remaining on the cutting-edge in the field today.
The cost to attend the conference, including the continental breakfast, coffee breaks and sit-down lunch, is $30.00 per person and the fee for walk-ins, if space is available, is $50.00 per person at the door (cash or check). The deadline for registering is September 12, 2015; late registration will be available space permitting.
Hotel accommodations are at the Crowne Plaza in Edison, New Jersey. For reservations, call the hotel at 732-287-3500 and ask for room reservations.
The conference is made possible, in part, by a generous grant from Ipsen.
For further information, visit the New Jersey Carcinoid Cancer NETwork website, CLICK HERE.