Disease Areas

Disease Areas

Oncology

NET of the Gastrointestinal Tract and Pancreas – A Rare Yet Serious Cancer on the Rise

Gastrointestinal and pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors, also known as NET of the GI Tract and Pancreas, are rare tumors formed from cells that have roles in both the endocrine and the nervous system. NET of the GI Tract and Pancreas usually remain undiagnosed for years and patients are often misdiagnosed with Crohn’s disease or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). As a result of the delay to identify these tumours, most patients are diagnosed while in the advanced stages of the disease, which often leads to a poor prognosis.  According to the available statistics in Canada the incidence of NET has increased to 5.86 cases per 100,000 per year.1  Signs and symptoms include diarrhea, constipation and abdominal pain, along with wheezing, flushing and heart palpitations.

  1. Hallet, J., Law, C.H., Cukier, M., Saskin, R., Liu, N., & Singh, S. 2015; Exploring the rising incidence of neuroendocrine tumors: a population-based analysis of epidemiology, metastatic presentation, and outcomes. Cancer 2015;121:(4)589-597.

Endocrinology

Acromegaly–A Complex Disease That May Require Long-Term Treatment

Acromegaly is a rare disease that occurs when too much growth hormone is released into the bloodstream. The cause of this condition is usually a noncancerous tumor in the pituitary gland called a pituitary adenoma. Acromegaly can be difficult to diagnose because of its slow progression and varied symptoms, which often include abnormal growth of bone, cartilage, and other body tissues. Although acromegaly cannot always be cured, it can often be managed with proper treatment.

Neurology

Ipsen is a key player in the treatment of movement disorders. The Group is committed to improving the mobility, autonomy and quality of life of patients with these very disabling motor disorders. The Group’s commitment to developing neurotoxins dates back more than twenty years.