A diagnosis of pancreatic cancer can be devastating news. It is often very aggressive and tough to treat. But research offers great hope for patients in terms of early diagnosis and better treatments. Here's the story of one woman, a patient at Mayo Clinic, who is winning her battle with pancreatic cancer.
A top priority this time of year should be getting your flu shot. Vaccines, they've all but wiped out terrible diseases like polio and measles in the United States. But that success has made many wonder if they should bother to be vaccinated against them anymore. The resounding answer from Mayo Clinic is yes. Dennis Douda tells us why, in Medical Edge.
Mild cognitive impairment, or MCI, is a condition that can be a precursor to dementias such as Alzheimer's disease. People with MCI have problems with things like memory and judgment. Many times after a diagnosis people are left wondering, "What do I do now?" That's why Mayo Clinic developed the Habit Program. It's an intensive rehab program to help people having memory challenges stay as independent as possible for as long as possible.
Standard radiation therapy is an effective way to treat many cancers. But it isn't perfect. It kills cancer cells, but it also kills some healthy cells in its path through the body. That's just one of the reasons Mayo Clinic is bringing a new type of radiation therapy to its patients. It's called proton beam therapy, and it has the potential to cure more cancers with greater safety and help people live longer.