Welcome to my monthly ‘Community’ newsletter. This is June 2017’s monthly summary of Ronny Allan’s Community news, views and ICYMI (in case you missed it!).
The following news items may be of interest:
- NETs in the UK National News. Great publicity. Featuring NET Patient Foundation. Click here.
- Personalised PRRT is highlighted. Click here.
- Everolimus and Sunitinib. In England, NICE approves Everolimus (Afinitor) and Sunitinib (Sutent). Read more by clicking here.
- Videos from LACNETS. I’ve not watched them all yet due to holiday but they are always great! Click here.
- PRRT. News of a PRRT trial being set up for Inoperable Pheochromocytoma/ Paraganglioma. Not yet recruiting but read more here.
- Immunotherapy. Merkel Cell Carcinoma is already benefiting from an FDA approved drug with another pending. Check out this link.
- Awareness. Giovanni from LACNETS generates awareness in her local area – I have no doubt that awareness saves lives. Read here.
- Lanreotide. Ipsen announces approval in Japan for treating NETs. Click here.
NET Cancer Blog Activity
June was a slower month in ‘new’ blogging terms mainly due to holiday but even during this holiday, I’m being invited to external projects and a continuing flow of private messages. I’m still suffering with back pain but patiently waiting to see a physiotherapist. However, despite a low month for brand new blogs, I still managed for the first time to break through the monthly blog view figure of 20000. ……..Thank you all so much, a lot of this was down to your support for some scheduled posts whilst I was on holiday ♥
I continue to receive a steady flow of private contacts, mainly from patients seeking information. I don’t have an issue with private contact but please note my disclaimer. Please also note that I cannot accept telephone calls on a one to one basis. The number of non-patients contacting me for other reasons (mainly to help with something) continues to grow and this is producing some great publicity and awareness.
I’ve been nominated for the 2017 WEGO Health Awards in three categories so far, Blog, Patient Leader Hero and Lifetime Achievement. If you remember last year, I made it to the final in two categories of Blog and Community and won the latter. The nominations period ends on 7th July and I’ll let you know how you can vote for me. A vote for me is a vote for Neuroendocrine Cancer awareness.
BREAKING NEWS (…ish). I’ve been accepted as a ‘Cure Today’ contributor which means my articles will get a wider distribution than they do now. I’ve not contributed yet but clearly they will be posted on all my social media outlets for you to read. You can see my profile here: http://www.curetoday.com/community/contributors
New (or significantly updated) Blogs Published
Due to the vagaries of Facebook inner workings, some of these may not have even shown on your Facebook timeline. So, ICYMI …….here’s a summary with links:
- Study of Pembrolizumab With Lanreotide Depot for Gastroenteropancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors (PLANET). An intro to Immunotherapy for NETs. Foundation blog which will be a receptacle for all Immunotherapy information going forward. This one based on KEYTRUDA.
- Ronny Allan’s ‘PoNETry’ © – An Ode to Invisible Illness. PoNETry (NETs Poetry!)
- Ronny Allan’s ‘PoNETry’ © – An Ode to Lanreotide. PoNETry (NETs Poetry!)
- Living with Neuroendocrine Cancer – 6 tips for conquering fear. Even the strongest cancer patient has fears.
- NETwork with Ronny © – Community Newsletter MAY 2017. In case you missed it!
- Serotonin – the NET Effect. Lots of myths surrounding this hormone – check out my very basic post.
- Your favourite posts. All posts with viewing figures above 2000.
Awareness Activity in June 2017
New Audiences for NET Cancer. From Day 1, I said it was my aim to find new audiences for NETS rather than just share stuff within our own community.
- I’m ‘extremely’ active on twitter and I find a lot of my research stuff there. I also use it to support other conditions and it’s mostly returned (i.e. others help with NET awareness and are made aware of NETs in the process). There is so much on twitter that I could swamp the community Facebook site so I started a twitter newsletter via an app called Nuzzel which seeks out stuff I normally like. Click this link and sign up if you think this is something you’d be interested in receiving. Currently 239 subscribers – up 25% on last month.
- I continue to be featured by ‘external’ organisations such as WEGO and my PODCAST is reaching new audiences – click here. Other irons are in the fire but unable to bring you firm news just yet.
- I’m proud to be a ‘Community Champion’ on the Macmillan Cancer Support Forum helping outliers from the NET community there. I’ll be reporting more on this in the coming weeks. This is the biggest cancer support organisation in the UK.
- I’ve been accepted as a ‘Cure Today’ contributor which means my articles will get a wider distribution than they do now. I’ve not contributed yet but clearly they will be posted on all my social media outlets for you to read. Click here to read more.
- On 7 July, I’ve been invited to speak for 10 minutes at the PLANETS patient conference in Southampton. This is special for me as it’s where my major treatments took place and some of my medical team will be there.
- On 5th October, I’ve been invited to speak for around an hour at the Cardiff (South Wales) NET Patient meeting (moved from July due to forecast low attendance) Things are starting to happen in this area and I already know Dr Mo Khan who is a NET specialist working hard on behalf of patients. I’m really looking forward to visiting and talking to this group.
Writing and other types of Engagement (external)
On 12 July, I’ve been invited to speak to Ipsen (UK). Still setting up this short notice meeting, details to follow in a separate post. Additionally, I was interviewed by a health reporter and separately by a health consultant. I’m not at liberty to provide details yet but if anything is published in the public domain, I will of course publish it on my social media channels.
Social Media and Stats
Blog Milestone. In June, I tipped over 310000 views! Thank you all so much ♥ Keep sharing! On track for 400000 by end of the year.
Facebook Milestone. I’m aiming for 5000 followers by year-end and this is on track. The Facebook page is now my biggest outlet for awareness and education so please please please recommend this page to anyone you think would be interested.
I’m expanding into Instagram to see how that goes. I’ve amassed over 200 followers to date. Initially, I’ll just be posting pictures of things that inspire me, mostly scenic photos of places I’ve been or want to go! You can follow me here: Click here to go to my Instagram page
- Facebook – 4806. This is a key outlet for my blog – please encourage others to like my page (if you’d like to know how to use your Facebook to invite others to my page – let me know, I can provide you with a step by step approach). Please also join my 2017 awareness campaign event here (select ‘Going’)
- Twitter – 3952 / 3065 Follow me here @RonnyAllan1 / @NETCancerBlog
- Total Blog Views: 314599
- Blog with most views: 11583 – The Human Anatomy of Neuroendocrine Cancer
- Most blog views in one day: 2043 on 15 January 2017. Why the spike? ….. “The Human Anatomy of Neuroendocrine Cancer”
- Most blog views in one month: 20498 in June 2017. Why the spike? … these blogs here
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Where did June 2017 Blog views come from? – Top 10 countries: Germany on the up (wunderbar). And thanks to USA!
For interest. the 10 Ten Facebook followers by Country – Germany still sneaking up (wunderbar wieder). Interestingly Canada always reads more than Australia despite fewer followers.
WOW! – that’s an amazing amount of awareness and hopefully, support for others. However, I cannot do this without you guys liking, commenting and sharing! The likes give me motivation, the comments (and private messages) give me inspiration (or at least a chance to explain further) and the sharing gives me a bigger platform. A bigger platform generates more awareness.
Thanks for your great support in June. Onwards and upwards!
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