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1 day ago · 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.

6 days ago · Melanoma Education Symposium 2019 in Cancer Education Center


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As we gradually welcome warmer weather, more attention will be given to sun safe practices and monitoring one’s skin for signs of sun damage.

In recognition of Skin Cancer Awareness month, Mayo Clinic Rochester will host a Melanoma Education Symposium on Saturday, May 18, 2019. The day-long event is designed for patients, caregivers and medical professionals who would like to learn more about melanoma. The newest and safest treatments and guidelines will be shared with attendees. Additional topics to be covered include: surgical treatments, vaccine therapies, immune therapy treatments, clinical trials, side effect management and patient stories.

For additional information, including registration details, please visit the symposium website.

Fri, Feb 22 8:58am · AZ and FL - Cancer Patient Symposiums in Cancer Education Center

2018 Mayo Clinic Florida Patient Symposium

These complimentary, educational patient symposiums were created to equip and empower cancer patients. Participants will be provided with patient-friendly resources and information on modifying one’s risk for cancer as well as how to better cope with the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Updates on cancer research and subsequent impact on patient survival will be shared. For details and registration see below.

Arizona: Living with Cancer Patient Symposium
Date And Time:
Sat, February 23, 2019
7:15 AM – 3:45 PM MST

JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort and Spa
5350 East Marriott Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85054

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/living-with-cancer-patient-symposium-tickets-49614702912


Florida: Capture the Moment Patient Symposium
Date And Time:
Sat, March 2, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST

JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes
4040 Central Florida Parkway
Orlando, FL 32837

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capture-the-moment-patient-symposium-tickets-47969093851

Wed, Feb 6 2:51pm · March 4: Strollin’ Colon – Colon Cancer Awareness Event in Cancer Education Center

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Do you know the facts about colon cancer-what types of screening tests are available, whether you’re at risk, and how it is treated?

You can learn more by taking a walk through the inflatable Strollin’ Colon on Monday, March 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Cancer Education Center located on Gonda Lobby of the Mayo Clinic’s Rochester, MN campus. As part of Colon Cancer Awareness Month, Mayo Clinic Cancer Education Program is teaming up Mayo Clinic experts to provide the latest information about colon cancer prevention, screening, and treatment, as well as exciting research discoveries.

Meet the Experts:

  • 10:15 a.m. CST: “Update on Colon Cancer Treatment and Research” by Joleen Hubbard, MD., Medical Oncology, Mayo Clinic
  • 11:00 a.m. CST: “Maximizing Wellness and Cancer Prevention through Nutrition” by Madelynn Strong, MS, RDN, LD, Clinical Dietitian, Mayo Clinic
  • 11:45 a.m. CST: “Maximizing Wellness and Cancer Prevention through Exercise” by Linde Sifuentes, Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center, Mayo Clinic
  • 12:30 p.m. CST: “Options for Colon Cancer Screening” by John Kisiel, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Mayo Clinic
  • 1:30 p.m. CST: “Strengthening Healing: Breathing and Relaxation Exercises” by Tim Yoder, Chaplain Services, Mayo Clinic

In addition, the event will feature further learning opportunities on:

  • Colon cancer prevention, screening, and DNA stool testing
  • Colon cancer treatment and research
  • Colonoscopy Video
  • Hot topics in nutrition and cancer
  • Mayo Clinic Caring Canines Program, meet our dog, Maggie, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.



Thu, Jan 10 9:53am · Best Ways to Prevent Nausea from Cancer Treatment in Cancer Education Center

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Nausea is a common side effect of cancer treatment. Learn how to help prevent nausea by viewing this Mayo Clinic video or reading through the steps below to reduce your risk.

  • Eat small meals. Enjoy small meals throughout the day rather than fewer, larger meals. If possible, don’t skip meals. Eating a light meal a few hours before treatment may also help.
  • Eat what appeals to you. It’s best to avoid foods that are sweet, fried or fatty. In addition, cool foods may give off less bothersome odors. Cook and freeze meals in advance of treatment to avoid cooking when you’re not feeling well. Or have someone else cook for you.
  • Drink lots of fluids. Try cool beverages, such as water, unsweetened fruit juices, tea or ginger ale that’s lost its carbonation. It may help to drink moderate amounts throughout the day.
  • Avoid unpleasant smells. Pay attention to what smells trigger nausea for you and limit your exposure. Fresh air may help.
  • Make yourself comfortable. Rest after eating, but don’t lie flat for a couple of hours. Try wearing loose-fitting clothing and distracting yourself with other activities.
  • Use relaxation techniques. Examples include meditation and deep breathing.
  • Consider complementary therapies. Complementary and alternative therapies, such as acupuncture and aromatherapy, may help you feel better when used in combination with medications from your doctor. Talk with your provider if you’re interested in trying these treatments.

These self-care measures may help you prevent nausea and vomiting, but they can’t take the place of anti-nausea medications. If you begin to feel nauseated despite the medications, call your doctor.

We would love to learn what has worked for you and invite you to share.

Dec 12, 2018 · Movement is Good Medicine in Cancer Education Center

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Research not only shows that physical activity reduces the risk of a variety of cancer types, it also suggests the idea people with a cancer diagnosis should be active throughout all stages of survivorship. The idea has gone as far as encouraging doctors to prescribe exercise as a strategy to improve quality of life and long-term outcomes for cancer survivors.

The research is strong showing positive benefits for cancer survivors, including:

  • Decreasing fatigue
  • Improving balance and flexibility
  • Boosting energy and mood
  • Improving heart and bone health
  • Reducing risk of cancer returning

Adding exercise and movement to your day doesn’t need to be complicated. Start slow and be creative. Even small changes in your daily routine can make a difference. Getting started can be the hardest part, so here are a few ideas:

  • Talk with your health care provider first if you have any long-term medical conditions.
  • Plan your strategy — try adding 10, 20 and 30 minute sessions of some form of activity each day. Planning and being purposeful about setting aside time for daily activity increases follow through.
  • Choose activities you enjoy — it’ll be easier to stick with your plan that way.
  • Explore new ways to exercise — dance, walk, climb stairs, swim, etc. All movement counts.
  • Wear a pedometer — tracking your progress can be a great way to get immediate feedback and can serve as positive encouragement for adding more steps each day (1 mile is about 2,000 steps).
  • Make it a habit — it takes approximately 30 days to create a habit.

Has your health care provider prescribed physical activity for you? Please share your thoughts on the topic and what has worked for you.


Meet others talking about exercise and healthy habits in the Healthy Living group or talking about cancers in one of the many cancer groups on Mayo Clinic Connect. Share experiences, ask questions and find support from people like you.

Nov 20, 2018 · The Great American Smokeout in Cancer Education Center

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The American Cancer Society (ACS) reports smoking remains the single largest preventable cause of death and illness in the world with more than 34 million Americans smoking cigarettes. For over 40 years, the third Thursday in November has been recognized as the Great American Smokeout. The day marks an opportunity for thousands of individuals to take an important step toward a healthier life and reduce cancer risk by making a commitment to be smoke-free.

Quitting is difficult yet the benefits are immediate. You’ll notice food tastes better; your sense of smell returns to normal; your lung function increases; your heart rate and blood pressure drop; and your circulation improves.

If you missed the Great American Smokeout, there is no need to wait until November 2019 to jump onboard, there are plenty of resources available to help you quit successfully. Participating in counseling, creating a support network, utilizing medication and taking advantage of other assistance such as quitlines, self-help books and Nicotine Anonymous meetings may double, or even triple, your chances of saying goodbye to smoking for good.

The ACS can help and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide support. To find out more, visit cancer.org/smokeout or call 1-800-227-2345.

If you’re supporting a loved one in their effort to quit smoking, ask how you can best help. Whether it is offering to engage in activities to keep their mind off smoking, having candies or other foods available as distractions or there to provide words of encouragement – your role is incredibly valuable. Just remember, needs will change and it’s important to have a broader focus than just whether they’ve stayed quit. The journey to smoke-free may take time.

What have your experiences been with striving to be smoke-free? What has helped you most?


Meet others sharing about trying to quit smoking while undergoing medical treatment or talking about cancers in one of the many cancer groups on Mayo Clinic Connect, Share experiences, ask questions and find support from people like you.

Oct 24, 2018 · Cancer survivors: Managing your emotions after cancer treatment in Cancer Education Center

I can understand how guilt might arise, just remember your feelings are every bit as important as the next person's. Your world has changed and being able to express all the emotions that come with that aids in healing. Your voice is important. You might be surprised if you open up – those further in their journey may view the opportunity to help you as a gift.