Brian Untch on Watchful Waiting for NETs

November 17, 2015
Brian Untch, MD

Brian Untch, MD, assistant member, Department of Surgery, Gastric and Mixed Tumor Service, Head and Neck Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses the watchful waiting approach for patients with neuroendocrine tumors (NETs).

Brian Untch, MD, assistant member, Department of Surgery, Gastric and Mixed Tumor Service, Head and Neck Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses the watchful waiting approach for patients with neuroendocrine tumors (NETs).

This approach allows time to pass before medical interventions are used.

When a patient is diagnosed with a NET, the doctor needs to decide on a course of serial imaging over 3 to 6 months to determine the size and aggressiveness of the tumor. Subsequent follow up scans give physicians a sense of direction for treatment.

Untch says it’s critically important that patients understand the management approach and the importance of getting follow up tests.