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4 days ago · Tips for cancer survivors to keep cool in the summer heat in Cancer Education Center

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Summer is in full swing. With the higher temperatures and intense summer sun it’s important to stay safe and healthy.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Protect your skin from sun exposure by wearing protective clothing and hats.
  • Use sunscreen with SPF of 30 or more if you must be exposed to direct sunlight. Be sure to reapply after swimming or sweating. Don’t forget your lips!
  • Don’t forget your sunglasses — important for your eye health.
  • Choose early morning and evening hours to walk or exercise.
  • Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day.
  • Wear loose fitting, cotton-based clothing.
  • Seek shade – such as a screen porch or under an umbrella.
  • Use a light moisturizer to keep skin hydrated and protected.


As a cancer survivor, you may be at an increased risk for dehydration and sunburn as a result of treatment or medication side effects. It is important to consult with your provider regarding any specific sun-related effects of your therapy. Heat can also worsen cancer-related fatigue. Be sure to listen to your body and rest if you feel tired. If you have symptoms such as muscle cramps, nausea, vomiting, fever, seizures or trouble breathing, seek medical care immediately.

Be sure to build in frequent water breaks, especially if you are outside being active. Taking a tepid shower also helps cool one down. Try to keep your meals fresh and light. Choose summer fruits and vegetables such as melons, peaches, strawberries, cucumbers and tomatoes. Enjoy popsicles, fruit sorbet or smoothies for extra cool treats. Visit this site for some Mayo Clinic healthy recipes.

There are health benefits to sun exposure – improved mood being one. With a little bit of planning and proper precautions, the outdoors can be enjoyed even on warm, sunny days.

How are you staying cool and enjoying summer?

Tue, Jun 25 4:00pm · What is your story? in Cancer Education Center


What is your story

Meet Claire. At age 20, Claire was studying to be a doctor and was diagnosed with melanoma. In the midst of a terminal diagnosis she became an inspiration to many. Her family shares this touching story.

Claire’s Story

Every person has a story – patients, caregivers, family members, friends – everyone. In the video Claire’s dad reflects on while it’s true we could be hit by a bus tomorrow, we can take steps to avoid it . Cancer isn’t like that. Often a cancer diagnosis comes despite having “looked both ways.”

Yes, a cancer diagnosis can seemingly hit you out of the blue and the emotions tied to this discovery are many. Does Claire’s dad’s sentiment resonate with your own experience? We would like to hear your story.

Thu, May 30 8:52am · It’s Hard to Wait in Cancer Education Center

shutterstock_767539465 time imageDo minutes ever seem like hours and days like weeks? Many people claim these statements to be true when waiting for test results – the period from collection to results can mirror what feels like eternity. There isn’t any dancing around it, waiting for results can be stressful, but there are some things we can do to help ease our worries.

First, know that stress during this time is normal. Whether awaiting an initial diagnosis or anticipating news of follow-up imaging, emotions run high – how could they not? So, what can we do to gain control of our anxiety and avoid the havoc that increased levels of stress can do to our bodies? Some people may resort to eating away their concerns. Others might opt to jump on the Internet to read up on all the possible scenarios – no matter how tempting these may be, try to resist these urges. Instead, try the following suggestions to add more comfort:

  • Phone a trusted friend: being able to discuss our worries with others in a safe, uncensored way is a gift. Bottling up or ignoring emotions isn’t healthy. Talk things out and get the weight of unsaid concerns off your shoulders.  Saying it out loud can be freeing and help silence the voices in your head.
  • Take a hike: or engage in some other activity you enjoy. Whether it’s walking, knitting, heading to the ballpark or going for a swim. Immersing yourself in something active will not only help the time pass quickly, but will rejuvenate you as well.
  • Give breathing exercises a try: find a time of day and an environment that brings you peace and try to focus on the here and now. Feel like you need a hand in getting started? Next time you are in Rochester, stop by the Slaggie Family Cancer Education Center for a class – our team would be happy to help! Not planning to be in Rochester? No problem, visit Stress Management on http://www.mayoclinic.org to learn more about decreasing stress by using your breath.
  • Seek support: find an individual (or group of individuals) who has been on a similar path. Talking to others who have shared experiences not only offers support, but reminds us we aren’t alone.

Feelings of nervousness, anxiety or even frustration and impatience, are normal. The longer the wait, sometimes the bigger the emotions. What tips do you have to make the wait less stressful? We look forward to learning from you!

Looking to join in similar discussions? Visit either of the two Mayo Clinic Connect conversations below to share your experience.

Tue, May 14 9:41am · Stage 2 breast cancer: What treatments decisions did you have to make? in Breast Cancer

Thank you for attending Dr. Shin’s session! We are glad you found it helpful. While this session is not planned to be offered again for a while, the Slaggie Family Cancer Education Center does have a variety of other daily classes that you may find equally as helpful. There is a nutrition-specific session each morning at 10:15am. You can visit our Cancer Education Center page on Connect for additional cancer-related information and opportunities: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/cancer-education-center/.

Mon, May 13 10:24am · Strike Out Cancer in Cancer Education Center


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Article contributed by Tammy Adams, RN, Educator, Slaggie Family Cancer Education Center

“Strike Out Cancer”- Celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day – Sunday, June 2, 2019! 

Cancer survivors, their families and friends are invited to a celebration of life during the National Cancer Survivors Day event on Sunday, June 2, 2019.

This annual event is a wonderful day filled with hope, inspiration and friendship as we honor people whose lives have been touched by cancer. The celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 2 at the Rochester International Event Center (located near the airport) at 7333 Airport View Dr. SW, Rochester, Minnesota.

Registration, family activities and live music start at 11 a.m., lunch at 11:45 a.m., followed by a program to honor cancer survivors and their families.

This year’s theme is “Strike Out Cancer” and baseball players from the Rochester Honkers, Rochester Royals and the 1860’s Roosters and Hens will be involved in activities for all ages. Come play catch and get a signed autograph from one of the players! The Honkers mascot, Slider, will be here too!

Wear your favorite baseball team jersey, t-shirt or hat and come ready for a fun time!

The event is sponsored by the André Gauthier Foundation and hosted by Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society. Admission is free for cancer survivors and two guests. Additional guests are welcome to attend for a nominal fee of $5 per person.

Reservations are required by May 27, 2018.

Register by calling the Mayo Clinic Cancer Education Program at (507) 538-6001 or Email: canceredprog@mayo.edu.

Thu, Apr 11 8:59am · Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week 2019, April 7-14 in Cancer Education Center

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Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week is led by the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance and supported by the American Academy of Otolaryngology. Head and neck cancers are a broad category of cancers that occur in the head and neck region while oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancers start in the mouth or throat. In recent years, there’s been an ongoing rise in cases of oropharyngeal cancer linked to HPV infection in both men and women. A recent Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute focuses on this topic and is included below.

According to the American Cancer Society, 4 of 5 people will get HPV at some point during their lives and approximately 31,500 men and women are diagnosed annually with cancers caused by HPV. A  HPV vaccination is available, safe and is recommended for both boys and girls at age 11 or 12. The vaccination can help prevent six types of HPV-related cancers including: cervical, vaginal, vulvar, penile, throat and anal. For more information please visit the American Cancer Society website: https://www.cancer.org/healthy/hpv-vaccine.html.


Rise of HPV-related throat and mouth cancer: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

March 27, 2019

More than three quarters of Americans will get HPV at some point in their lives. Most will never know it because they’ll show no symptoms. But in this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Eric Moore, a Mayo Clinic head and neck surgeon, says a growing number of people are developing HPV-related throat cancer. He also fears the numbers are going to get much worse before they get better.

To listen, click the link below.

Rise of HPV-related throat and mouth cancer


Fri, Mar 22 9:16am · Mayo Clinic Minute: Eating for a healthy colon in Cancer Education Center

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March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, colorectal cancer is the 3rd most common cancer, and the 2nd leading cause of death from cancer, in men and women in the United States.

The colon is the final part of your digestive tract. Since it’s part of the digestive system, the food you eat is an important factor in the health of your colon. To learn how to keep your colon healthy either view this Mayo Clinic Minute or read the script below.

Lastly, remember the importance of screening. Colorectal screening tests help identify abnormal growths. When detected early, colorectal cancer can be treated more effectively. If you are at least 50 years of age, or have a family history of cancer, please discuss screening guidelines with your medical provider.


Mayo Clinic Minute: Eating for a healthy colon

Want to keep your colon healthy? Use these two diet tips:

  1. Eat a nutrient-dense diet
  2. Include more fiber-rich foods

“Eating a nutrient-dense, high-fiber diet not only keeps the walls of your colon strong, but it can also prevent hemorrhoids or pouches in your colon,” says Kate Zeratsky, a Mayo Clinic registered dietitian nutritionist. “It also may prevent colon polyps and, potentially, cancer.”

A typical American diet is low in nutrient-density with larger portions of processed meats and refined grains, such as breads and cereals.

“Our Western diet tends to be lower in nutritional value,” says Zeratsky.

Fiber-rich foods, like fruits and veggies, whole grains, nuts and seeds, are also more nutrient-dense. And the fiber keeps you regular and controls the amount of bacteria in your colon.

“The nutrients in those foods also may be beneficial in preventing digestive diseases as well as other chronic diseases, such as diabetes, and help you manage your weight,” says Zeratsky.

And when increasing fiber in your diet, do it gradually, and drink plenty of water.


Connect with others in the Colorectal Cancer group on Mayo Clinic Connect where members discuss


Mon, Mar 18 10:41am · Practice healthy eating during, after cancer treatment in Cancer Education Center

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March is National Nutrition Month – a perfect reminder of the significance of good nutrition and eating well. A well-balanced and healthy diet is especially important during and after cancer treatment.

The first step is to be mindful of what you are eating. One way to achieve this is to take the time to taste, savor and celebrate food and nutrition. This mind-body practice can help you be aware of the experience of eating and how important it is to nourish and care for your body.

Try mindful eating next time you have a snack or meal. Here are a few suggestions to help you get started:

  • Be in touch with your emotions and feelings — recognize the sensation of hunger. What does it feel like? Are you having a craving? Are you bored? What other emotions and feelings are you experiencing?
  • Be aware of the food on your plate — reflect on how the food was prepared, who prepared it, how it looks and smells. Notice bright colors and fresh smells of fruits and vegetables especially.
  • Slowly savor the food — as you take your first bite, notice the taste, temperature, texture and sensation as you slowly chew. Take longer than usual to chew and even notice how you feel when you swallow.
  • Take a deep breath and exhale — put your fork or spoon down between bites in order to relax, breathe and reflect on the nutrition of the food you just took in.

Another step toward healthy eating is being aware of serving sizes and exercising portion control. This practice does take effort, but doesn’t require drastic measures. Utilizing visual cues, such as equating a fist-size helping of vegetables as one serving, helps us to better gauge and practice healthy eating habits. For additional tips on matching visual cues to the foods we consume visit the mayoclinic.org website. Please share your experience with mindful eating and/or how you manage healthy portions in your daily life.