Elizabeth Cruz on Symptoms of NETs and Secondary Conditions

October 28, 2015
Elizabeth Cruz, RN

Elizabeth Cruz, RN, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses differentiating symptoms of neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) from secondary conditions.

Elizabeth Cruz, RN, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses differentiating symptoms of neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) from secondary conditions.

Diarrhea and fatigue are common symptoms associated with NETs, particularly among patients with carcinoid syndrome.

Patients can have comorbidities and secondary conditions with similar symptoms to those of NETs. Cruz says that nurses need to ask appropriate questions of patients and their families and not just focus on the NET disease when evaluating symptoms.