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Wed, Jun 20 7:30am · What should you do with leftover pain medications?

medications

Originally posted on April 9, 2108

If you’ve ever had surgery, there’s a good chance that you have a partially used bottle of prescription pain medication in one of your bathroom cupboards.

Pain medications known as opioids are often prescribed for a sudden, acute episode of pain that occurs after surgery or a traumatic injury, such as a broken bone.

Many people who have been prescribed opioids hang on to any leftovers, just in case they need them in the future. But this practice can have deadly consequences if children or pets accidentally ingest these drugs.

That’s why officials with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommend that people dispose of leftover opioids as quickly as possible. There are many methods of disposal, including flushing them down the toilet if other options aren’t availble.

Full article available at MayoClinic.Org 

Tue, May 8 12:00pm · Turquoise Takeover activities raise lung cancer awareness in Florida

Lungs

Originally Posted on Mayo Clinic News Center; May 4, 2018

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. Every 2½ minutes, someone is told that he or she has the disease.

To help defeat lung cancer and support research innovation focused on early detection and better treatment, Team Mayo Clinic is collaborating with the American Lung Association to host Lung Force initiatives during National Women’s Lung Health Week, May 6–12. The initiatives unite women and their loved ones to stand together against lung cancer and for lung health.

You’re invited to join Team Mayo Clinic in these events:

Celebrate Turquoise Takeover

Raise awareness of lung cancer by wearing turquoise — Lung Force’s signature color — on Wednesday, May 9 (adhere to Mayo’s Dress and Decorum policy). In the evening on May 8–9, Mayo Clinic’s main entrance sign on San Pablo Road will be lit in turquoise. Take a picture of the sign and any Turquoise Takeover activities, and spread the word on Facebook or Twitter using the #MayoClinicFL hashtag. Follow @ALAFloridaNE to find out what other supporters are doing.

Lung Force table in the Mayo Café

Stop by the table on May 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to learn more about lung health and how you can get involved in Lung Force.

Jacksonville Lung Force Run/Walk

Sign up to join Team Mayo Clinic for this event on Aug. 25. Or mark your calendar to attend the Lung Force Expo in Jacksonville on Nov. 2. Continuing education credits will be available.

 

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Mon, Apr 30 2:45pm · Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic Health System join statewide cancer clinical trials network

Mankato Andreas Cancer Center

Originally Published April 9, 2018

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Patients in communities in southern Minnesota and across the state soon will have better access to new cancer treatments and enhanced care delivery, thanks to a new state-funded partnership involving the University of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic, the Hormel Institute and several of the state’s large health care providers.

As part of the Minnesota Discovery Research and InnoVation (MnDRIVE) partnership with the state of Minnesota, the University of Minnesota is launching the Minnesota Cancer Clinical Trials Network with multiple locations across the state.

Led by the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, the Minnesota Cancer Clinical Trials Network will improve cancer outcomes for all Minnesotans through greater access to cancer clinical trials in prevention, treatment and survivorship. These trials will originate from Minnesota’s two National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers: the Masonic Cancer Center and Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, along with the Hormel Institute in Austin.

 

 

For the full story please see the Mayo Clinic News Network

Learn more about clinical trials within Thoracic Surgery which include trials in Lung Cancer and Esophageal Cancer.

Tue, Apr 17 4:30pm · Eating during cancer Treatment: Tips to make food tastier

cancer survivor

You may find that cancer or cancer treatment has affected your sense of taste. Food may seem to lack flavor or taste too sweet, salty or metallic.

Usually these changes are temporary and will improve with time. In the meantime, do what you can to maintain your calorie intake and meet your body’s protein, vitamin and mineral needs.

If you normally follow a specific diet, such as one that’s low in sodium or fat or designed for people with diabetes, it may be necessary to put those restrictions aside for a while. You’ll want to allow for more variety so that you can increase your chances of getting adequate nutrition. Check with your doctor to make sure it’s all right to relax your dietary restrictions.

Here are some suggestions for selecting and preparing foods. Experiment with these ideas until you find combinations that appeal to you.

Note: If your mouth or throat is sore, avoid spices, acidic foods, and hot foods or beverages, which may be irritating.

Full article can be found at MayoClinic.Org

 

Wed, Mar 14 8:00am · Planning for Surgery - What is your advice?

Mayo Clinic

Chest surgery often results in an inpatient hospital stay. For that reason, we have created a couple of  tool-kits to serve as resources as you plan for your upcoming surgery (applies to many surgical types):

Questions also often come up about room accommodations and will you can have a private room?

Answer: If hospitalization is required, patients can choose between a semi-private room, a private room or a personal suite. Applications for a private room are handled at the time of admission. For more information (at the Rochester location) please call 507-255-7992.

But we want to hear from you!

What advice would you give to fellow patients about preparing for their chest surgery? What do we need to add to our toolkit that others may find valuable? What information do you wish you had (like semi-private and private room information)?

Please comment and share your wisdom

Wed, Jan 24 12:00pm · Radon and Lung Cancer

Dr. Eric Edell Podcast

With winter upon us and our houses sealed up to keep out the cold, we are reminded that the threat of radon gas exposure is real and that long-term exposure to radon gas can cause lung cancer. In fact, the National Cancer Institute sites radon as being the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.

According to Mayo Clinic Q&A, Radon is created by the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. Over time, it becomes part of the air you breathe. In areas prone to radon, the gas can build up within homes and other buildings. If you live in an area where radon is known to be a problem, it’s a good idea to have your home tested for it. If the level of radon is high, there are ways to bring it down to a safer range.

Unfortunately, you cannot see, taste, or smell radon gas and newly constructed homes are not necessarily at any lower risk than an established home. Many states offer free (or low cost) testing kits and per the EPA each home owner/renter should test their home. If you have already tested – GREAT; but make sure to have a conversation with your friends, your family and your neighbors because each home is different.

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Mon, Jan 15 8:00am · Connecting through Secure Messages

Patient Online Services HomepageYour Thoracic Care Team can always be contacted when you have questions about your care.  One easy way to ask a non-emergency question is to use secure messaging through Patient Online Services.

Once you are a registered Mayo Clinic patient, it is easy to set up a Patient Online Services account.  Go to http://www.mayoclinic.org/onlineservices and click “Create your account” to begin the process.

Once you have your account, you can send a secure message  to communicate with your team.  This is basically an email service that lets you message your care team securely, keeping your health information private. Secure messaging can allow you to:

  • Seek clarification about your plan of care
  • Ask follow-up questions about lab results
  • Relay updates on your health status

When you write your question, please be as specific as possible.   Provide the information your care team will need to give you the best answer possible. Your clear, concise message will help your team answer your question.

Our goal is to respond within two business days though, depending on the question, you may get your response sooner.

Once your care team sends you a response, you’ll receive an email letting you know that you’ve received and answer.  You’ll need to log in to Patient Online Services to read that message.

Secure messaging is a quick, convenient way to get your non-emergency medical questions answered. It helps you stay in touch with your care team and get the care you need post surgery.

 

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Wed, Jan 10 8:00am · FDA clears way for Mayo Clinic to accelerate production of stem cells for clinical trials through automation

Steam Cell Automation

Mayo Clinic News Network

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has agreed to allow Mayo Clinic to use an automated bioreactor-based stem cell production platform on its campus in Jacksonville, Florida. This enables the Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine to produce cells from the bone marrow of a stem cell donor in quantities large enough to make several doses that can be used as treatments in clinical trials.

Continue reading the full article atMayo Clinic News Network 

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