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May 23, 2018 · 'She saved her sister's life, that's the best gift you can give anyone' in Chest Surgery

Lung CT

Full story posted at KIMT News on May 21, 2018

Thousand of current and former smokers who should be screened for lung cancer aren’t getting checked. That’s according to a new study from the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Susan Franken, of Rochester, was among that group, until someone close to her made a life-saving suggestion. The 62-year old has been a smoker for 47 years and never thought to get a lung cancer screening until last fall when she got a phone call from her sister.

“I was out having a cigarette when she asked me, ” says Susan. “I remember exactly where I was.”

Susan’s sister encouraged her to get a screening and in February, she went in for a CT scan at Mayo Clinic. The results: stage 1A lung cancer, which luckily is very treatable.

“Typically, we can remove it with surgery,” explains Shanda H. Blackmon, MD, MPH, Professor of Surgery at Mayo Clinic. Because it was caught so early, Dr. Blackmon was able to remove Susan’s cancer. But catching lunch cancer at this stage is not easy because many patients, like Susan, don’t show any symptoms until it’s too late.

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Apr 2, 2018 · New technology being developed for esophageal surgery in Chest Surgery

Published in the STS Meeting Bulletin

Dr. Shanda Blackmon

Dr. Shanda Blackmon had the opportunity to pitch her idea for Blackmon-Mayo Buttressing Anastomotic
Device, designed to prevent anastomotic leaks at The Society of Thoracic Surgeons annual conference. Dr. Blackmon is one of many Mayo Clinic providers working to create new technologies and devices to improve patient outcomes.

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Feb 28, 2018 · Rebuilding the esophagus in Chest Surgery

Esophageal ReconstructionDr. Shanda Blackmon recently was published in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery for her work done on complex esophageal reconstruction.  The article, Long-Segment, Supercharged Pedicled Jejunal Interposition for Esophageal Replacement: How I Teach It (2018), outlines the steps in the complex procedure.

Mayo Clinic is fortunate to have a number of providers well versed in complex esophageal surgical care and ready to answer any question you may have about the right procedure for your esophageal care needs.

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Feb 12, 2018 · Team USA hockey star opens up about miraculous lung cancer recovery in Chest Surgery

As reported by Fox 9 News: Jeff Baillon
Posted: Feb 08 2018 07:47PM CST

Rachael Drazan-Malmberg’s stride chewed up ice from Minnesota to China, her wicked slapshot powering the University of Minnesota to a Frozen Four appearance and a spot on world champion Team USA–but two years ago, she came face to face with an opponent the likes of which she’d never seen before.

One morning in the spring of 2016 she woke up with some pain in her ribs–stiffness from a workout, or so she thought. She saw a doctor when it persisted, but they couldn’t find anything wrong.

 “She was pretty optimistic that it wasn’t going to be anything,” her father, Mike Drazan said.

Then came a diagnosis the fitness crazed, eat-all-the-right-foods 31-year-old mother never expected: lung cancer. And it had already spread to her brain.

Read the full story and watch the video on Fox 9

photo Rachael Drazan-Malmberg with her husband and daughter.


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Nov 6, 2017 · Malignant Mesothelioma in Chest Surgery

Mayo Clinic Cancer Center

Malignant mesothelioma is a type of cancer that occurs in the thin layer of tissue that covers the majority of your internal organs. Dr. Shanda Blackmon explains in this patient education video what the disease is, the treatment options, clinical trial options and surgical options for malignant mesothelioma.

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Oct 9, 2017 · Meet Dr. Shanda Blackmon in Chest Surgery


Meet Shanda Blackmon, M.D., M.P.H a cardiothoracic surgeon at the Rochester, Minnesota campus. Dr. Blackmon has a passion for working with patients who have been diagnosed with cancer and shares that she came to Mayo Clinic because “this is the place where miracles happen.”

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Jan 20, 2016 · 3D Printing of Patients' Anatomy Aids in Surgical Planning in Chest Surgery

Patient Michael Slag

Original Story from Sharing Mayo Clinic

Not all great advances in surgery happen in the operating room. Some are coming off the printer – a 3D printer. At Mayo Clinic, radiologists and surgeons are teaming up to discover every possible detail about complex cases, before the operation. In some situations, it means patients experience less pain, shorter hospital stays and quicker recoveries.

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Sep 24, 2014 · Lung Cancer Care in Chest Surgery

Dr. Blackmon speaks about lung cancer with the goal of helping you obtain better treatment. Dr. Blackmon reviews different risks associated with lung cancer such as smoking, exposure to secondhand smoke, exposure to radon gas, exposure to asbestos and other chemicals and a family history of lung cancer.

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