The Open Day for NET patients and their caregivers “Our ‘friend’ NET: a dialogue between patients and doctors” was held in Modena – Italy on June 22nd. The event was organized by NET Italy and was widely reported by the local media.
Photo: NET Italy representatives, Dr. Luppi, an oncologist and NET specialist, and Mr. Muzzarelli, Mayor of Modena at the Open Day
It was attended by more than 100 patients and caregivers, from all over the country. As an advocacy group for patients and caregivers, NET Italy deems that this event has reached its scope and has helped in the dissemination of knowledge and increased awareness about neuroendocrine tumors.

In addition to answering patient questions during the event, the medical board, consisting of a multidisciplinary team of NET specialists  answered the most recurring patient questions, which were collated ahead of time.

Furthermore, the educational project “Patient as Educators”, put in place by UniMORE (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia) in order to train a selected number of patients as coaches for the future doctors and nurses and aimed at a more effective and friendly  communication with patients and caregivers, was presented as a good practice to be followed by all the healthcare systems. The meeting was also CME-accredited.

The discussions was moderated by Prof. Paola Tomassetti, gastroenterologist and member of NET Italy Scientific Committee, Mr. Andrea Pamparana, journalist and NET patient,   Mrs. Luisa Draghetti, President of NET Italy and Mrs. Simona Barbi, Vice-President of NET Italy. Prof. Gabriele Luppi, oncologist and NET specialist provided scientific supervision.