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Diseases of the Pancreas, Series #8

Endocrine Tumors of the Pancreas

Dustin Wallace, Suzanne Morrissey

Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) are rare neoplasms that originate from components of the dispersed endocrine system, which is formed from any organ derived from the primitive endoderm. Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (PETs) display similar characteristics to other gastrointestinal endocrine tumors with respect to pathology and biological features, but differ in pathogenesis and management options. This article will review the epidemiology, classification, diagnosis, and management of neuroendocrine tumors of the pancreas.

Practical Approaches to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Colorectal Cancer, Series #9

New Developments in Screening for Colorectal Cancer: Report on the World Endoscopy Organization Workshop Chicago, May 2011

Graeme P. Young

We can expect to see significant changes in how we screen for colorectal cancer over the next decade. A number of trials of screening colonoscopy are now underway which will provide clear guidance about the acceptance, feasibility and value of this invasive screening tool relative to simpler screening tests.

Nutrition Issues in Gastroenterology, Series #112

A FODMAP Diet Update: Craze or Credible?

J. Reggie Thomas, Rakesh Nanda, Lin H. Shu

The purpose of this article is to help understand the FODMAP (an acronym for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols) diet, its underlying concept, review some of the latest evidence behind the diet, and explain how this diet might be used.