May 22, 2013
My book Becoming Sunny
Susan is now available in softcover! Please click on News above.
My story is one many
of you can identify with – an uplifting look at a life that I am determined to
live well, despite all the obstacles I have been dealt. At the heart of the
story is the idea of LIVING with cancer. It took eight years to correctly
diagnose my rare disease, Carcinoid/ Neuroendocrine Tumors. Then, they said I
would die in just a few more years. That was eighteen years ago, and here I am!
How have I faired? Very well. Read the book to find out how I have lived a happy
life, even with cancer.
Would you help to spread the
positive word by telling your friends, by gifting the book, and by posting a
review for other readers on the www.amazon.com page? We know how valuable a positive
recommendation can be.
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NEW - The
Carcinoid Heart Center - NEW
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NET Guidelines from NANETS (North American
NeuroEndocrine Tumor Society)
(place to stay when travel to seek consultation and / or treatment)
RxMed - Family Physicians Site -
RxList - The Internet Drug Index
PharmWeb - Drug Information
Medical Dictionary from MedicineNet
General Medical Resources on the Internet
Ochsner Neuroendocrine Tumor
(formerly People Living With Cancer)
DocFinder - Assoc. of State Medical Board
Univ. of Penn.'s OncoLink
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Medical Encyclopedia via MEDLINE
Assisted Living Directory
Imaging (useful for ALL people, not just those with cancer)
Tests (useful for ALL people, not just those with cancer)
Lab Tests On-Line
Journal of the American Medical Assoc. (JAMA)
Society of Interventional Radiology
(they do CE's and RFA's)
American Society of
Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care
Society of Nuclear Medicine
guidelines for various procedures
Web MD -
more general medical information
National Organization of Rare Diseases
DocFinder - Assoc. of State Medical Board Executive Directors
National Institute of Health's Office of
Oncology information - Online action
Advance Care Planning: Dorothy Garske
Metformin (for diabetes)
AZ Hospice & Palliative Care
Nutritional Concerns For The Carcinoid Patient
Cancer & Nutrition
ASK The Dietitian: The Site for
Sound Nutritional Advice
Center for Science in the Public Interest -
Nutrition Action Healthletter
CyberDiet - answers questions about foods and a healthy lifestyle
Blonz Guide to Nutrition, Food and Health
Quack Watch -- battles health related (including diet) frauds, myths, fads, and
fallacies - VERY IMPORTANT!
Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
(with warning signs)
Nutrition and Fast Food Facts
Implanted Venous Access Ports
Susan Anderson's Home Library of Cancer / Healing / Wellness /
Carcinoid Cancer Foundation Releases New Video Series
Beginning with “The ABC’s of Carcinoid/NETs”
What is the most common kind of neuroendocrine tumor (NET)? How do these
tumors grow? What is carcinoid syndrome? What are the quality of life issues
for patients? In “The ABC’s of Carcinoid/NETs,” three of the
world’s leading carcinoid and NET cancer specialists –
Dr. Richard R.P. Warner,
Dr. Edward M. Wolin, and
Dr. Eugene A. Woltering – talk about the advice they offer
their patients, the advances they have seen during their careers, and what they
anticipate will be available for NET patients in the future.
If you or a loved one were newly diagnosed with carcinoid cancer or another
neuroendocrine tumor, such as a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor (pNET), what
would you want to know about these rare diseases? What information would you
like to share with your local doctor? Learn more in the first video of a new
series presented by the
Carcinoid Cancer Foundation.
In recognition of the 3rd Annual Worldwide NET Cancer Awareness Day
on November 10, the Carcinoid Cancer Foundation released the second video,
"Faces of Hope,"
in its 2012 series. Meet NET cancer survivors Claire, Josh, Judy, Kathy,
Kenneth, and "Sunny" Susan as they share their journeys about being
diagnosed and living with rare neuroendocrine tumors, including lung carcinoid,
carcinoid of the ileum, and pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors. Future videos in
the series will focus on surgery and treatment options, lung carcinoid, and
nutrition. (Click on the YouTube logo below to see the video in a larger
"If you don't suspect it, you can't detect it." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IqspD6YDEo
3rd Video is about LUNG
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Additional video that are not part of this series but are
available on YouTube.
http://www.youtube.com/user/CarcinoidNETs. Two are listed below but there
are others, be sure
they are from the Carcinoid Cancer Foundation (CCF) for good medical
Surgery and Treatment Options for
What are the surgical and treatment options for carcinoid and neuroendocrine
tumor patients? For patients with tumors that have spread to the liver which
therapies should be used to improve quality and quantity of life? How do
patients benefit from clinical trials? There is an explosion of technologies
coming not only in the diagnostics but also in the treatments of these rare
cancers. View the latest video from the Carcinoid Cancer Foundation:
Neuroendocrine Tumors: What Every Patient Should Know"
-- Carcinoid/NET specialist Dr. Rodney Pommier, Professor of Surgery,
Division of Surgical Oncology, Oregon Health & Science University, is featured
in this video, made possible through a collaborative effort of the New Jersey
Carcinoid Cancer Network and the Carcinoid Cancer Foundation.
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OF SPECIAL INTEREST FOR THE PHYSICIAN:
Information for your medical doctor and other medical professionals from CCF
General Information About Carcinoid and Related
Neuroendocrine Tumors -- WITH A BIG THANK YOU TO THE Carcinoid Cancer Foundation
(CCF). General Information About
Carcinoid and Related Neuroendocrine Tumors.
This section contains links to websites and
full-text and abstract versions of published papers that focus on general
information (reviews) of diagnosis, treatment and current research in the field
of carcinoid and neuroendocrine tumors.
Thank you to the Carcinoid Cancer Foundation,
Inc. (CCF), for giving me permission to link directly to this important
consensus report below.
Consensus Statements and Guidelines
consensus report gives a detailed description of the use of somatostatin analogs
in the management of neuroendocrine tumors of the gastroenteropancreatic system.
As background information we have outlined critical aspects of the pathology,
the use of tumor markers, a definition of functional and non-functional
digestive neuroendocrine tumors, different imaging modalities, surgical
considerations, liver embolization and the use of cytotoxic drugs as well as
interferon. Included in the report is an overview of somatostatin, somatostatin
analogs and its receptor expression in different neuroendocrine tumors. It will
also define the binding affinities of different somatostatin analogs to the five
different subtypes of somatostatin receptor. We compare the efficacy of
octreotide and lanreotide in reducing diarrhea and flushing. Side-effects are
described and we provide practical information on somatostatin analog
I "Sunny Susan" was invited to write
on the web site of the Arizona Republic
newspaper as they have liked letters I have
written to the editors over the years.
March 26, 2008 was my first Blog.
I shall write additional articles, but not
on a set schedule.
You may go to my Blog at
May need to go to archive for each month on right side
below my photo to open older Blogs.
Doing a Blog was fun, but it just took too much time so I stopped.
The following video interview is no longer on-line.
Interviews on video made at the 2004 New
Orleans Carcinoid Conference
Some of the things discussion are answers to questions commonly asked by
newly diagnosed patients
Eugene A. Woltering, MD., Gregory D. Espenan, M.D., Daniel Frey, M.D.,
Susan Anderson, Carol-Anne Wilson, Jim Weiveris
Click here for the
video interviews (no longer available)
Click here to email me SunnySusan@Cox.Net
(Please see below)
1996 --- when I first located others with Carcinoid --- I have answered
every email sent to me, although some replies were delayed longer than I liked.
I am NO longer able to reply to all e-mails due to the volume and other things
going on in my life (all good). I do love hearing from others, but an unable to
reply to all individually.
web site was 15 years old on April 27, 2012, and my plan is to keep it updated
for many years to come.
Since my husband "retired" I am away from my computer for days, and
sometimes, weeks at a time. Yes, there is wireless internet and we have
tried that a number of places. But, if I deal with email when we are away
from home then it is not a "restful vacation" for me.
PLEASE use the SEARCH
capability at the top my pages. You may search for a word, a phrase, a
drug, a treatment, a book title or anything you can think of. You may search
this site only, or search the complete World Wide Web.
To speak with
please know you may call the “telephone information and support line” of the
Carcinoid Cancer Foundation, Inc. (CCF), Tuesday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. Eastern Time at
1-888-722-3132 (free) or 1-914-693-1001. “The
information and support line” is staffed by medical professionals. Mondays and
Fridays are research days, if you call then and do not reach a person do leave a
clear message. The Carcinoid Cancer Foundation’s (CCF) superb web site is at
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CCF - Serving the
carcinoid/NETs patient and medical community for
years (chartered in 1968)
“Meets Extensive Standards of America’s Most Experienced
Better Business Bureau
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DISCLAIMER: I am a patient and NOT a medical
doctor or health care professional. I share information and links to
information that has been helpful to me and that I believe to be correct and
good, but I cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information, except for MY
stories. I urge you not to rely only on this information but I believe
you should discuss your situation and information with your medical doctors
and/or other medical professionals.
"Sunny" Susan Anderson
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