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This week, I'd like to talk about a patient conference that is taking place Jan. 14-15, 2012, in Scottsdale, Ariz., at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa. Mayo Clinic has organized a group of experts to present updates on the diagnosis and treatment of cancer as well as provide information and support on related survivorship issues. Cancer patients and their families and friends are invited to attend.
This is your opportunity to get up-to-date information directly from the experts. Break-out sessions will discuss the latest in diagnosis and treatment for major cancer types with primary sessions covering important survivorship issues that we have been discussing throughout the year, such as ...
We hope you can join us for the event. However, if you aren't able to, the major sessions will be videotaped and available after the conference via the web. Look for an update on the blog in February. As always, we'd love to hear from you if you have comments or ideas for this type of event.
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Diversity is usually rerefred to when speaking of people of different color. How ever diversity is also can be variable among religions or people with disabilities. There are stigma's out there in society regarding mental illness, autoimmune disease and other illness. One expects though Mayo seeks diversity regarding mental illness even though some of the public may refer to it as goofy behavior. I was stunned when I heard the Mayo physician in clinic evaluation in front of the patient refer to the patient with autoimmune encephalopathy as Goofy. Not once but twice stated so you get goofy and then predisone takes it away? Did he just say she was goofy? Twice? Reading over this physician's publications I could not find anywhere in which he rerefred to autoimmune related encephalopathy as Goofy as a description. Autoimmune encephalopathy brings with it seizure, psychosis, suicide, coma sleep, and in some untreated cases death. Now easily treated with predisone almost immediately reverses all the encephalopathy very possibly saving the person's life. When the chair of this department was questioned as to the subordinates word goofy, he remained silent. While Mayo Rochester can advance promises of diversity among people with brain illness, some there may not have wholly internalized this concept by holding onto old social stigmas. Yet where no action is taken to correct such stigma's, one wonders the extent the institution has internalized such beliefs.
Great news! I just heard from the conference organizers that this is now a FREE event! And, remember if you are not able to attend, look for the web video updates.
What about Peripheral Neuropathy including drop foot as a side effect of taxol? I have been diagnosed as severe but hard to get info about this debilitating problem.
Barbara, Mayo Clinic has a clinical trials referral service to assist your search for treatment trials. For information call 507-538-7623, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
I have just been diagnosed with Bladder Cancer - unable to find much info and treatments - I am getting BCG treatment now - what else is there? Husband has Alz in final stages. Need info - in Fl.
What new treatments for colon cancer when it has spread to a couple of lymph 5 months after treatment? It would be great to have a conference in MN.
How about a real session on lymphedema: occurence, treatments, legislation, future directions, etc.
Awesome info - when do you think there will be something presented in Rochester,MN?
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