In the Lake Region town of Kisumu in Kenya, AZNETS has received requests by three more NET patients to join the support group through a referral by a physician. This is a remarkable stride in the awareness campaign which aims to improve patients’ access to NET information, treatment, and psychosocial support in a resource-limited setting. The first NET patient support group meeting will be taking place at the physician’s office in the coming weeks.
South Africa is also joining the collaborative effort. A South African nuclear medicine physician is willing to support the NET awareness campaign and train more physicians in nuclear medicine. This will build the capacity of African physicians to diagnose neuroendocrine tumors and also help increase the pool of nuclear medicine physicians. This is very much in line with the advocacy effort to introduce multidisciplinary teams to manage NETs in Africa. Physicians from Nigeria and Ghana have benefited from a similar program.
AZNETS is determined to improve NET awareness, as well as to ensure the timely diagnosis and treatment of NET patients in Africa in spite of the various conspicuous challenges.