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Mon, Jan 21 9:30am · Lung Cancer Care Close to Home in Chest Surgery

From the Sharing Mayo Clinic Blog:

After his diagnosis, when Kurt was asked where he wanted to receive care, his answer was Mayo Clinic. He was told Eyad Al-Hattab, M.D., a Mayo Clinic Health System oncologist in nearby Barron and Eau Claire, Wisconsin, could see him in Cumberland the next day.

“I was surprised,” Kurt says. “I expected to have to go to Barron or Eau Claire.”

Read the full story on the Sharing Mayo Clinic Blog.

Dec 17, 2018 · Amid a Journey Through Cancer, Wedding Bells Ring in Chest Surgery

From the Sharing Mayo Clinic Blog:

Eisenmann Loggie

When Nicole Eisenmann and Mike Loggie became engaged, they held out hope for a dream wedding. When that day was repeatedly postponed due to Nicole’s lengthy cancer treatment, the couple decided to stop planning and embrace the present instead.

Read their story on the Sharing Mayo Clinic Blog.

Oct 31, 2018 · Anyone with Lungs Can Get Lung Cancer in Chest Surgery

From the Sharing Mayo Clinic Blog.

As a Mayo Clinic physician, healthy routines were part of Cathy Madaffari's daily life. Yet in 2015, the former marathoner and mom of three found herself in a surprising role reversal when, instead of being a doctor talking a patient through a tough diagnosis, she was the one facing cancer.

As a Mayo Clinic physician, healthy routines were part of Cathy Madaffari’s daily life. Yet in 2015, the former marathoner and mom of three found herself in a surprising role reversal when, instead of being a doctor talking a patient through a tough diagnosis, she was the one facing cancer.

Read her full story on the Sharing Mayo Clinic Blog.

Jul 19, 2018 · Meet Dr. Janani Reisenauer in Chest Surgery

Reisenauer at the SinkMeet Janani Reisenauer, M.D. a thoracic surgeon and interventional pulmonologist at the Rochester, Minnesota Campus. Dr. Reisenauer shares that, as a hybrid surgeon, she can apply airway stenting and other treatment modalities for lung cancer.

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Jun 20, 2018 · What should you do with leftover pain medications? in Chest Surgery


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 

May 8, 2018 · Turquoise Takeover activities raise lung cancer awareness in Florida in Chest Surgery


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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Apr 30, 2018 · Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic Health System join statewide cancer clinical trials network in Chest Surgery

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.

Apr 17, 2018 · Eating during cancer Treatment: Tips to make food tastier in Chest Surgery

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