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May 2018

Patient Care

Inherited syndromes associated with colorectal cancer development
Use of a simple questionnaire of personal and family history of cancer in outpatient settings helps improve the identification of high-risk patients and families, detect cancers earlier, and formulate more-effective individualized treatment protocols.

Mayo offers laparoscopic gastrectomy for patients with advanced gastric cancer
The minimally invasive procedure offers faster recovery, less blood loss and pain, and a return to eating and normal bowel function more quickly. The hospital stay is shorter and the patient is less likely to need a feeding tube.

Practice guidelines for use of CYP2D6 genotype to guide tamoxifen therapy for breast cancer available
The Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium (CPIC) Guideline for CYP2D6 and Tamoxifen Therapy will allow the interpretation of clinical CYP2D6 genotype tests. Results can be used to guide prescribing of tamoxifen when genotype information is available.

Lung cancer tumor board meetings broadcast live
The multidisciplinary assembly provides up-to-date treatment options for patients with lung cancer, explores enrollment in clinical trials, and enhances cross-discipline education from the exchange of information and expert opinion. Meetings are broadcast live to Mayo Clinic Care Network members.


Novel device might provide an alternative to liver transplantation
Mayo Clinic is developing a bioartificial liver to support patients with acute liver failure. The Mayo Spheroid Reservoir Bioartificial Liver has been shown to reduce the severity of liver disease and improve survival in laboratory testing on pigs.

Molecular tumor genotyping with the aid of endoscopic ultrasound reveals genetic variants in pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors
A recent Mayo Clinic study demonstrated that endoscopic ultrasound-acquired cytology-based tumor genotyping can reveal a spectrum of genetic variants, which may help guide biomarker-driven, individualized, targeted treatment.

Researchers aim to improve durable response to second line immunotherapy for lung cancer
A new study explores the combination of the intratumoral administration of the measles virus with systemic PD-L1 targeted immunotherapy using atezolizumab for second line therapy of non-small cell lung cancer.

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Mayo Clinic Oncology Review 2018
July 21, 2018, in Minneapolis
Topics include the latest advances in oncology as presented at the annual American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting, integration of data from recent clinical trials into everyday practice and the opportunity to discuss treatment decisions with outstanding experts in specific oncologic fields.

Individualizing Medicine Conference
Sept. 12-13, 2018, in Rochester, Minn.
This conference provides opportunities for the multidisciplinary care team to discover and discuss emerging topics in applied genomics through plenary and focused sessions. Key themes include recent discoveries in pharmacogenomics, cancer diagnosis and treatment, bioinformatics, artificial intelligence, and functional genomics.

Multidisciplinary Update in Breast Disease 2018: State of the Art and Emerging Strategies in Benign and Malignant Breast Disease

Nov. 8-10, 2018, in Scottsdale, Ariz.
This course features prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, management and treatment of benign and malignant breast diseases and survivorship issues. Focus includes benign breast disorders, surviving breast cancer and advances in oncology.

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Protective Mastectomies That Preserve Nipple Safe for Women at High Breast Cancer Risk
Research indicates that preventive mastectomies that preserve the nipple and surrounding skin are as safe as more-invasive surgeries for women who carry the genetic mutation BRCA.

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