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August 2018

Patient Care

American Cancer Society recommends earlier screening for colorectal cancer
The American Cancer Society now recommends that adults at average risk of colorectal cancer start regular screening at age 45 because of a recent increase in the development of colorectal cancers in people younger than 50.

Mayo Clinic Cancer Center supports increased vaccination and screening for HPV-related cancers
Research indicates there are barriers to overcome to improve vaccination rates for human papillomavirus (HPV): Health care providers are not strongly recommending vaccination and parents do not understand that the vaccine protects against several types of cancers.

Patients with cancer track quality-of-life impact in real time with emojis
Quality-of-life factors are important to predicting survival and determining the best treatment options for patients with cancer. By providing patients with wearable technology and electronic emojis, researchers are able to collect quality-of-life data accurately and efficiently.


Algorithm allows personalized cancer treatment by matching patients with oncolytic virus therapies
An interferon response pathway is key to determining the effectiveness of measles virus oncolytic cancer treatment in ovarian and aggressive brain cancers. That discovery allowed development of an algorithm that predicts treatment effectiveness in individual patients.

Expanded use of FDA-approved drug benefits patients with triple-negative breast cancer
Investigators found that the drug 5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine (decitabine), which is FDA-approved for the treatment of certain hematological cancers, can significantly inhibit the growth of triple-negative breast cancers. The effect was also seen in tumors resistant to chemotherapy.

Test for DNA markers detects liver cancer in patients with curable-stage tumors
In a phase II study, a simple blood test that uses abnormal DNA markers commonly found in liver cancer tissue detected more than 90 percent of study participants with curable-stage tumors.

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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.

Mayo Clinic Neuroscience and Oncology Innovation Summit 2018
Oct. 18-20, 2018, in Key Biscayne, Fla.
Lectures cover brain tumor biology and growth, vascular neogenesis, nanotechnology for tumor suppression, viral vectors for tumor destruction, and new agents that target and destroy brain tumors. Focus includes basic tumors of the brain and breast and metastatic brain tumor therapies.

Mayo Clinic Radiation Oncology: Current Practice and Future Direction
Jan. 7-11, 2019, in Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii
This course addresses the treatment of breast, prostate and central nervous system cancers, plus lymphoma and sarcomas. Topics include the use of hypofractionation, integration of surgery, and new chemotherapies including immunotherapy and their integration into clinical practice.

See all Hematology and Oncology Continuous Professional Development courses

In the Video Center

Prior oral contraceptive use associated with better outcomes for patients with ovarian cancer
Mayo Clinic Cancer Center oncologist Aminah Jatoi, M.D., discusses a study that indicates that patients who develop ovarian cancer appear to have better outcomes if they have a history of oral contraceptive use.

Mayo Clinic researcher combines factors to improve breast cancer risk prediction
Fergus J. Couch, Ph.D., Experimental Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, discusses a study that combines 77 common genetic variants into a single risk factor used to improve the identification of women at elevated risk of breast cancer.

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