Like all cancer, pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors can change your life
If you have been diagnosed with a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor, known as a pancreatic NET, it is normal to feel confused, overwhelmed, afraid, and even angry. Your family and friends may feel the same way.
Remember that pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors are not the same as "pancreatic cancer" you've probably heard about. This is because they form from neuroendocrine cells in your pancreas. Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors are also typically associated with better outcomes.
It's important to learn how to live with your neuroendocrine tumor. Understanding your condition may help you live as comfortably as possible.
Maintaining your health
Your doctor may suggest some things you can do to make living with a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor easier.
- Adjust your diet: Eating certain types of food may help reduce symptoms
- Exercise regularly: Mild activity, such as walking, is best and can help reduce stress
- Get a good night's sleep: Get plenty of sleep and take naps when you can
- Avoid stress: Make time for yourself to do things you enjoy and keep a positive attitude
Continuing work and daily routines
Your family members and caregivers will be there for you throughout this journey. Don't be afraid to ask them for help. They can help you with daily activities or cope with your feelings. They understand that the most important thing is for them to be there for you.
Your loved ones can help
- Provide emotional support
- Take notes and ask questions at your doctors appointments
- Keep track of your appointments and paperwork
- Drive you to your appointments
- Prepare meals and do the grocery shopping
Let the people in your life know how you feel and what you are going through. Asking them to be more involved can help you continue with your regular routines.
Connect with others
In addition to your family, friends, and caregivers, there are other people like you and groups that want to help. There are patient groups for people with all types of NET. These groups work to improve the lives of people living with NET through support, awareness, education, research, and advocacy.
Building a support network is a great way to learn about your pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor and get more engaged with your care.
You should also ask your doctor or nurse for more information or about other groups in your area.