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Sep 5, 2017 · Largest study of its kind reveals women have superior response to esophageal cancer treatment in Chest Surgery

Dr. K. Robert Shen

“Esophageal cancer is one of the deadliest cancers in the world,” said senior author K. Robert Shen, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. “It affects men and women differently. Men are more at risk to develop this cancer, and it appears that women respond better to the treatments.”

Full article (August 22, 2017) at Medical Press

View Dr. Shen discussing the study on OncologyTube

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Oct 19, 2016 · Unique Treatment Option Cures Cushing Syndrome for Jessie Brown in Chest Surgery

Jessie Brown

Full Story at Sharing Mayo Clinic

A team approach brings success

Before moving forward, however, Dr. Bancos consulted with K. Robert Shen, M.D., a Mayo Clinic thoracic surgeon, to see if there might be an alternative. Dr. Shen reviewed Jessie’s case and had an idea. He wanted another expert to confirm that it could work, though, so he invited Patrick Eiken, M.D. from the Department of Radiology to join the discussion.

Between the three physicians, they agreed Dr. Shen’s idea of using a procedure known as cryoablation could potentially solve the problem. Although it’s not typically used to treat tumors related to Cushing syndrome, cryoablation is often an effective approach for eliminating other kinds of small lung tumors. In consultation with Jessie and her family, the team decided it was worth a try.

During the procedure, special needles were inserted through Jessie’s chest to the spot within her lung where the tumor was located. Passing compressed gas through the needles created a zone of extreme cold, freezing the surrounding tissue and destroying the tumor without harming the rest of the lung.

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