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Thu, Mar 19 2:53pm · Specific questions and answers about COVID-19 for cancer patients in Cancer Education Center
Have you ever thought about what makes a difference for you when learning something new?
Think back to when you first learned you had cancer. Did you find yourself taking lots of notes and reading as much as possible about your cancer type? Or perhaps you jumped on the Internet in search of videos on the topic.
What works for one person may not work for another. We all have preferences. It’s a bit like our personalities.
Stephen and Barbara Slaggie Family Cancer Education Center staff will frequently ask patients and their families how they prefer to learn new things. Information can be delivered in many formats, such as reading a brochure or booklet, watching a video, one-to-one discussion or attending a group class.
If you’ve never thought about your learning style, here are a few key points to help you discover your preferences. Note that most people learn best through a combination of styles.
It’s important for you to reflect on what works best so you can share your style with your healthcare team. Don’t be afraid to speak up and tell them. Communication is key throughout each step of your care.
Also, if you’d like to communicate with other patients who have a cancer diagnosis, please see the Connect Cancer group.
We would love to hear your thoughts on the topic of learning styles. What works best for you and why?
Cancer treatments can have a significant impact on your heart, ranging from weakening of the heart muscle to heart attacks or rhythm problems.
Fortunately, heart disease associated with chemotherapy is rare and not seen with every chemotherapy drug. As new treatments are developed, short-term and long-term side effects, including heart problems, are closely studied.
If your doctor is considering using a chemotherapy drug that may affect your heart, you may need heart function testing before beginning treatment.
During treatment, you may need periodic heart monitoring tests. If you have a pre-existing heart condition, such as cardiomyopathy, your doctor may suggest a different type of chemotherapy.
If you experience significant problems such as unexplained shortness of breath, chest pain or irregular heartbeats during or after chemotherapy, report your symptoms immediately to your health care team.
Radiation treatment can also come with risks. If the area of your body receiving radiation includes your chest (for example for breast cancer or lymphoma), you may have an increased risk of cardiomyopathy, valvular heart disease and heart attack.
The combination of radiation and chemotherapy together can generate a considerably higher risk of heart damage. However, your doctor can take steps to reduce these risks as much as possible.
Mayo Clinic offers a program to address heart problems associated with cancer treatment called cardio-oncology. The Cardio-Oncology Clinic is available to evaluate people prior to cancer treatment and for others who have experienced side effects due their treatment. Talk with your health care provider to determine whether a referral to the clinic would be beneficial addition to your care plan.
Join other members talking about Cancer Treatment Induced Heart Disease
Thu, Jan 9 3:38pm · Young Women's Breast Cancer Support Group, Rochester, MN in Cancer Education Center
Meets the second Monday of each month.
This support group focuses on topics relevant to young women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. It is an opportunity to meet other young breast cancer survivors, and gain strength from one another. It is co-facilitated by a nurse from Mayo Clinic and a breast cancer survivor. Sponsored by Join the Journey.
Meets the second Thursday of each month.
This support group offers a meeting place for families who have experienced the loss of a child to cancer. It encourages families to share experiences, meet others facing similar challenges, and gain strength from one another. Each meeting is facilitated by a professional grief therapist and a light meal is provided.
Meets the second Tuesday of each month.
This support group is for patients with melanoma and their family members/caregivers. Join us to learn about melanoma from guest speakers and share experiences with each other. Refreshments are provided.