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August 2017

Patient Care

Endoscopic excision of large or complex polyps associated with technical challenges
Polyp size, location and morphology determine the complexity of endoscopic excision and its risk of complications. Mayo Clinic gastroenterologists provide some answers to frequently asked questions about these more complex polypectomies.

Brachytherapy allows patients with low-risk breast cancer to complete treatment in 10 days
An expedited breast cancer treatment program delivers the maximum cancer therapy benefit with optimal treatment to precise areas. In a one-year experience, results and cosmetic outcomes were very good to excellent.


Shorter-duration chemotherapy beneficial for patients with low-risk colon cancer
Results of an international study indicate that for patients with stage 3 colon cancer, a shorter — three months compared to six months — course of oxaliplatin-based chemotherapy following surgery was associated with fewer and less severe side effects.

Blood test may alter treatment options for patients with colon cancer
Researchers studying a blood test that measures the protein carcinoembryonic antigen in patients with stage 2 colon cancer found that knowing the test results before treatment could have changed the risk classification for 17 percent of those patients.

Brain cancer research succeeds through individualized trials and treatment
Kristin R. Swanson, Ph.D., and a team at Mayo's Precision Neurotherapeutics Innovation Program apply mathematical models to treatment in a patient-specific way that optimizes patient care. The program's clinical trials focus on the individual — rather than the average — patient.

Mayo research advances T cell therapy, checkpoint inhibitors and cancer vaccines
Researchers use a variety of approaches to address two big challenges: strengthen the immune response to recognize and attack cancer; and keep the immune system on high alert, even as the cancer cells struggle to reduce the response.

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Mayo Clinic Neuroscience and Oncology Innovation Summit 2017
Sept. 7-9, 2017, in Orlando, Fla.
Topics include brain tumor biology and growth, vascular neogenesis, nanotechnology for tumor suppression, viral vectors for tumor destruction, and other agents to target and destroy brain tumors. The course also covers basic tumors of the breast and metastatic brain tumor therapies.

1st Annual Mayo Clinic Advances and Innovations in Complex Neuroscience Patient Care: Brain and Spine 2017
Nov. 2-4, 2017, in Sedona, Ariz.
Course highlights include management of brain tumors, spinal cord tumors, neurosurgical emergencies and acute stroke; endoscopic techniques; proton beam and minimally invasive skull base surgery; and advances in scoliosis and minimally invasive spine surgery.

Multidisciplinary Update in Breast Disease 2017

Nov. 9-11, 2017, in Atlantic Beach, Fla.
This course focuses on the prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, management and treatment of benign and malignant breast diseases, including breast imaging modalities and supplemental screening options, radiation therapy options, genetics and high-risk management, advances in oncology, and survivorship issues.

Mayo Clinic Pancreatic and Hepato-Biliary Cancer Symposium 2017
Nov. 10-11, 2017, in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Topics include oncologic imaging and staging for the nonradiologist; molecular biology and translational research advances; adjuvant therapy and preoperative therapy; targeted agents and treatment of molecular subsets; and first and second line therapy for advanced pancreatic and hepatobiliary cancers.

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Transforming the Treatment of Hematologic Malignancies
Mayo specialists discuss new clinical trials, medications, therapies and individualized treatment plans for patients with hematologic malignancies.

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